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Saul Hernandez named National Boys' Soccer Coach of the Year

Posted Date: 07/12/2021

Saul Hernandez named National Boys' Soccer Coach of the Year

6A Soccer Champs celebrating with Coach Saul HernandezJuly 12, 2021

Easton, PA – July 12, 2021 - The National High School Coaches Association (“NHSCA”) is proud to announce Saul Hernandez of Dodge City High School in Dodge City, Kansas as its National High School Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year. Last fall, Hernandez, who coaches the boys’ and girls’ soccer programs at Dodge City, led the boys’ team to its second state title in the last five years. The Red Demons were a perfect 20-0. Dodge City is the only program in Kansas boys' soccer history to have two different undefeated state championship seasons.

Dodge City was ranked No. 5 in the nation in the United Soccer Coaches rankings. The Red Demons outscored their opponents 110-7 with sixteen shutouts.

Over the past five seasons, Hernandez has led the boys’ program to a 91-11 record. “We are extremely pleased to honor Coach Hernandez,” said Eric Hess, Executive Director of the NHSCA. “He has established Dodge City as one of the top soccer programs in Kansas and the nation. He exhibits a strong dedication to supporting and developing his high school student-athletes in the classroom and outside of it.” Hernandez is the second Kansas coach to be named the NHSCA National Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year. Craig Ewing of St. Thomas Aquinas won the honor for the 2008-2009 sports year.

This marks the 22nd consecutive year the NHSCA has honored achievers within the high school athletic community nationwide. Each of the honorees will receive a beautiful plaque. In addition, the Coach of the Year honoree will be displayed in our National High School Digital Sports Hall of Fame.

Past NHSCA National Boys’ Soccer Coaches of the Year 2020-2021 – Saul Hernandez – Dodge City HS, Kansas 2019-2020 – No winner due to COVID-19 2018-2019 – Jim Konrad – Naperville North HS, Illinois