State College’s Steve Shisler was named the Pennsylvania Boys’ High School Coach of the Year on Tuesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Shisler, in his first season as head coach after five years as an assistant coach, guided the Little Lions to the PIAA Class AAA team title in May, the second state title in program history. State College captured three individual or relay gold medals at the state championships, and six other medals, to win the team crown by one point over Downingtown West.
This is the third year the USTFCCCA has awarded high school coach of the year honors for each state. The award is based on state championship performance, the number of different events in which athletes qualified for state championships, individual championships and how this year’s performances compare to previous seasons.
Shisler, along with the top coaches from the other 49 states and the District of Columbia, will be under consideration for National Coach of the Year honors announced later this week.