Jan 8, 2013 12:51 PM
The the National Federation of State High School Associations named Lone Oak High School girls tennis coach Larry Heflin one of its 22 National Coaches of the Year for the 2011-12 academic year.
In 40 years as head coach, Heflin guided Lone Oak to more state championships than any other girls program in the state. The Purple Flash took home their 11th title under Heflin in 2012.
In addition to his 11 state titles, Heflin led Lone Oak to eight runner-up finishes, helping him garner a spot in the USTA Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame. In 2006, he earned the Garnis Martin Outstanding Coach of the Year award by the Kentucky High School Athletic Director's Association and the Kentucky High School Coaches Association. He was previously named the National High School Coach of the Year in 2009 by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.
The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top-10 girls sports and the top-10 boys sports (by participation numbers), as well as one "other" category that is not included in the 20 categories.