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Local high school cross country coach receives national coach of the year honor

Coach Richard Rothman, NHSACA 2012 National Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year
Richard Rothman

After three decades of being heralded on the local and state level, Richard Rothman of Delray Beach, FL was honored on the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s (NHSACA) biggest stage last night. He was recognized as the NHSACA 2012 National Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year. The NHSACA Convention, which took place in Fargo, North Dakota, brought together the best high school coaches from around the country in a range of school sanctioned sports. Rothman was a finalist for the Girls Cross Country title along with seven other coaches.

“This is a great and humbling honor,” said Rothman. “I truly feel validated for all of the work our athletes have done over the years. Without their efforts and commitment, I could not have received this great distinction.”

Rothman has been coaching cross country at the high school level for 37 years, the past 29 years at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton. His teams have won 133 major championships, including Seven State Championships, and finished runner-up in 42 other major championships. He has a compiled record of 7071-1893 for a 78.89% winning percentage. His record includes 7 State Titles in Girls Cross Country; two runner-up in girls and boys Cross Country; 12 Region titles, and 25 District titles. His athletes have received 966 Post -season honors in Cross Country, through the 2009 season. He has been selected Coach-of-the-Year 104 times, including State Girls Cross Country Coach-of-the-Year in 1999 2002, and 2003.

Coach Rothman was the FACA State Cross Country chairman-1997-2005, as well as being the organizer of the FACA All-Star Cross Country meet, and the Cross Country All-State award coordinator. He has served as district chairman in Cross Country and Track, and been on the FHSAA advisory committee for Cross Country and Track. He is USA Track and Field Level One, Level Two, and Level One Instructor certified, as well as a former National Track and Field official. He is also been elected USA Track and Field-Florida association-South Vice President-serving 1998-2002, and was the head of Cross Country for USATF-Florida.

He has served on the processing staff of the 1991 Pan-Am team, the 1992 Summer Olympic Team, and the 1996 Summer Olympic Team, and was named US Men’s team Coach for the International Ekiden in Chiba, Japan in November 2000. He also was the Head Coach for the United States Junior Track-and-Field teams for the 2008 Maccabi Games in Israel; he will return in 2013. He was the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Chairman for Cross Country, and was inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall-of-Fame and the FACA Hall-of-Fame, as well as the FHSAA and Florida Track and Field Hall-of-Fames. He has an A.A degree from Miami-Dade Junior College-South Campus and a B.S. degree in Biology from Florida State University, and has taught Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology. He retired from teaching in 2011 at Spanish River High School after 32 years.

Coach Rothman is currently in the process of writing a book, along with former athlete and current assistant coach Melissa Perlman. To learn more about the book and/or to find out how you can support him, please visit http://runningtips101.com/book-on-high-school-distance-running/.

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