River Hill girls soccer coach Brian Song is one of 21 coaches from across the country in various sports to be selected as a 2014 National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Association's (NFHS) Coaches Association.
The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls and boys sports (by participation numbers), and in one "other" sport that is not included in the top 10 listings. The NFHS also recognizes a Spirit coach as a separate award category.
Song guided the No. 2 Hawks (17-2) to a third straight Class 3A state championship in the fall. After going 11-0 to capture the Howard County crown, the Hawks made it through the challenging East region and state playoffs with five one-goal wins, capped by a 2-1 win over Linganore for the state title.
Song was quick to recognize the support he receives from the school's administration, along with the players and their parents. Throughout his 10-year tenure, he has stressed the importance of academics to his players as well as laying down the foundation in becoming a successful team.
"All these things go hand in hand," Song said. "I always said it's not about me. It's always about the team, and it pays off."