Winter You Can Award Winners - Iowa Girls` Athletic Coaches

Jason Edwards
Cedar Rapids Jefferson Basketball
Jason did an outstanding job of leading his team with class as his leading scorer
transferred in the middle of the season. He stayed positive with his team and
never grumbled about the loss of his best player. He was a class act!!!!
Nominated by Tony Vis
Cara Schneider
Girls Basketball coach Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Varsity Girls Bowling Coach
Waverly-Shell Rock High
Prior to her arrival in 2009, the bowling program at WSR had not won more than
3 meets in a season. In her first season they eclipsed that mark and qualified for
the state tournament. She has led Waverly to 3 of the last 5 state bowling
Not only has she developed a winning program, but she helped the girls to be
contributing members of their community through volunteer and charity
work. She continues to affect more girls each year, growing the team's
membership greatly during her tenure.
Nominated by: Matthew Schneider Varsity Boys Bowling Coach Waverly-Shell
Carly Langhurst, Madison Haefner, Kendal Meier, and Maggie
Gallagher CR Kennedy HS
All of these girls played very little if at all because of knee injuries. However, they
stayed actively involved with the team, helping with stats and helping with team
Nominated by Tony Vis, Head girls basketball coach CR Kennedy High School
Bailee Ballare
Ankeny Centennial
Bailee is a special young lady and a true leader this year for our team. Bailee is
a true teammate, determined to give her best to help her team and do whatever
is asked. Bailee has led our team on a daily basis in pursuing victory with
honor. It's never about Bailee and always about others. It's because of her
selfless attitude that Bailee has earned the utmost respect from her coaches and
teammates. Bailee is a living example of Pursuing Victory with Honor.
Nominated by
Scott DeJong
Cortanie Nederhoff Senior
Ankeny Centennial
Cortanie was an inspirational leader on our team this past season. Her
importance was away from the game floor as she did not get as much playing
time as others on the team. Teammates looked up to and respected Cortanie for
her perseverance and never give up attitude. She was always positive and never
believed anything but that we were going to be successful from night to night. It
did not matter how tough the competition she was our inspirational leader.
Nominated by Laurie Gann Girls Basketball Coach AGWSR
Rachel Schmerbach
Dubuque Whalert
Rachel exhibits the traits required for nomination of this award. She is
trustworthy and has respect for all her teammates and coaches. She is a topnotch student, taking rigorous courses and holding a 4.4 GPA. She did not play
much this season, as she had a hip injury throughout the entire season. She
always came to practice with a great attitude and did what she could!!
Nominated by Kris Spiegler Dubuque Whalert Girls Basketball Coach
Danielle Eben Senior
George-Little Rock
Danielle had an outstanding senior season helping us to a 19-5 record. She was
able to break the school record for career rebounds with 616 total
rebounds. However, it was her leadership that helped inspire the whole
team. This was my first year at George-Little Rock and she made my job much
easier. She set a great example for our younger kids and handled all of the
changes I made with great wisdom and this spread to the rest of the
team. Danielle will now continue her career at Morningside College where she
was able to earn a basketball scholarship.
Nominated by Tyler Glanzer Head Girls Coach George-Little Rock
Katie Eichhorn
Katie has had to endure the challenge of two major knee injuries to be able to
participate in high school athletics. She tore the ACL in her right knee at the end
of 8th grade, and then tore the ACL of her left knee at the end of her sophomore
year. Katie has had to deal with a lot of pain just to get on the court this
season. Most kids would have called it quits, but I am appreciative of her attitude
and willingness to compete in the face of adversity. Through all of this she has
been a leader in our school and a great example for her younger sister to follow.
Kelsa Berkland
Kelsa tore her ACL in her left knee during her 8th grade year and actually
continued to play sports until the doctors discovered the injury. She moved to
Williamsburg prior to her sophomore year and then tore the ACL in her right knee
during the volleyball season. Kelsa wasn't able to play basketball until her junior
year after sitting out the previous two seasons due to rehab. Through all of these
challenges she has continued to participate in basketball, in addition to volleyball
and golf. She was a state qualifier in golf last season and had been a role model
her two younger sisters with her perseverance and determination to overcome
the challenges she has had to deal with.
Nominated by: Aaron Fedderson Girls Basketball Coach
Bailey Gallagher Senior
Benton Community Schools
Bailey has always loved the game of basketball. At a young age I can remember
her in the gym working on her game. At 5'3" Bailey is always the smallest player
on the court, but she never lets that be the determining factor in her play. The
most important quality I have learned from Bailey is her undying commitment to
the team. The entire season, Bailey has been the first person off the bench. As
a senior she could have been bitter about the role we asked her to
play. However, she has been nothing but positive and has worked to make our
team better. I have admired her selfless attitude and she has been a great role
model for our young athletes. Bailey is a great example of what sports should
be about.
Nominated by: Laurie K. Donald
Girls Basketball Coach
Benton Community