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Wayzata’s Dave Emmans received girls’ cross-country coach of the year honors from the National High School Coaches Association.

Under Emmans’ direction, the Trojans won a second-consecutive Class 2A state title. They went on to dethrone seven-time defending national champions Fayetteville Manlius High School from New York at the Nike Cross Nationals National Championship.

Emmans is part of the 15th class of coaches recognized by the NHSCA. This year’s recipients, selected in a total of 20 boys and girls sports, are from 16 different states. California led the way with three coaches being honored, followed by Michigan and New Jersey with two each and 13 states claiming one honoree each.

“This announcement is always a lot of fun for me,” NHSCA Executive Director Bob Ferraro, Jr. said in a news release. “The coaches we are honoring today are outstanding examples for successful high school coaches in their sports. They place a high value on the teamwork skills their players learn for success in the classroom and on the field, and we are proud to be honoring them.”

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