Jun 23, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorTerry Berg was shocked.
The longtime Lander Valley High School golf coach said he couldn't believe it when he was named the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Golf Coach of the Year.
Berg was in Jackson this week to pick up the award. He has been the head golf coach at Lander for 37 years.
"The award was unexpected," Berg said. "When they read the resumes of they other finalists, they are very impressive nominees."
Berg said the association has eight regions in the United States.
This was the first time Berg had won the award, but he had been nominated a few times before.
In the fall, the Lander Tigers won the Class 3-A state championship in Buffalo.
"The award is based on several things," Berg said. "No. 1, it's on your career resume, and whether you help with the coaches association if you have put some time in."
Berg has been an all-star golf coach for many years.
"I don't know how long I will continue to coach," Berg said. "It could end tomorrow or in 10 years. I'm at the point where I will known when I'm finished."
Gillette's Cliff Hill won the association's Athletic Director of the Year award, and Steve Mistake, also of Gillette, was named the Assistant Boys Coach of the Year.
Other finalists from Wyoming include
Tom Seamans (Gillette) --wrestling
Mitch Holst (Gillette) --girls basketball
Tim Gonzales (Mountain View) --girls assistant
Rich Murray (Lusk) --boys basketball
Rick Bishop (Cheyenne Central) --cross country
Jeff Brazil (Jackson) --cross country
Paul Kinner (Natrona) --soccer
Rick Stonehouse (Cody) --skiing
Mark Miller (Cheyenne Central) --swimming
Mark Kelting (Gillette) --track and field
Glenn Freeburg (Guernsey-Sunrise) --volleyball
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