Comets Coach Mike Marse named tops in state

DDHS varsity soccer coach Mike Marse holds up the WIAA Division 3 state championship trophy after his team defeated Rice Lake 3-1 in the final round. (Rocky Feeney photo)

DDHS varsity soccer coach Mike Marse holds up the WIAA Division 3 state championship trophy after his team defeated Mount Horeb 3-1 in the final round. (Rocky Feeney photo)

Delavan-Darien High School varsity boys soccer coach Mike Marse has been selected by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association as the recipient of the 2014-15 NFHS Coaches Association Boys Soccer Coach of the Year Award for Wisconsin.

Marse led the Comets to their second state championship in program history last season, repeating as state champs for the first time since the 2000 season. DDHS finished 23-2-2 on the season and made an incredible playoff run for the title, defeating the state’s top-three ranked teams before defeating Mount Horeb 3-1 in the Division 3 championship round.

Annually, the NFHS identifies and recognizes a coach from each state for significant achievement in their sport. State level recipients are considered for NFHS Sectional recognition. National Coaches of the Year are then chosen from the sectional winners.

Award recipients are selected based upon a variety of criteria including their coaching record, background, coaching honors, and involvement in community and school organizations.

Each year approximately 1000 coaches are recognized at the state level, 168 coaches are recognized at the sectional level and 21 coaches are recognized at the national level.

Wisconsin coaches are members of Section 4, which represents the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

The mission of the NFHS Coaches Association is to enhance the professional development of all high school sports coaches in order to improve interscholastic athletics in America.

For further information regarding the NFHS please call 317-972-6900 or go to www.nfhs.org.

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