Note: This is not an official ballot. Also, just because a coach’s name isn’t here, that doesn’t mean that Rob and I don’t respect that coach and his/her ability and skill. This is based on this season’s results. (In fact, I’m a strong believer that unless a coach is completely incompetent, or a complete superstar, talent is what matters the most.)
Lorraine Moylan, Pearl River (22-3): Moylan led Pearl River to its first ever state final four, and did it without her star point guard Nicole Grossbard, who missed the season due to a torn ACL. Yes, she had a talented team full of experiences seniors, but one of Pearl River’s greatest strengths is its 2-2-1 press, which you could say is a direct result of Moylan’s X’s and O’s. And her players love her.
Tom Cromer, Tappan Zee (18-3): Before the season, few people expected Tappan Zee to be just a few made shots away from being sectional champions. Last year Tappan Zee was 14-6 and got knocked out in the second round of sectionals. This was Cromer’s second as Tappan Zee head coach, and he clearly figured out a way to get through to his players and institute the changes that he wanted. Yes, he also had a ton of seniors, but you can also say that taking over a team with returning players, and getting them to buy into your changes is a difficult task and is something that should be commended.
Pat Buckley, Albertus Magnus (16-5): This was not a very deep Albertus Magnus team. After Maeve Parahus and Kelly Guarino, the Falcons’ didn’t have many players who could create their own shot. Buckley gets his team play hard every night, and they beat Tappan Zee once and almost beat Pearl River in the sectional semifinals. He also deserves credit for helping Parahus take a major step and become a big-time scorer. (although he’d be the first to say that Parahus was the one who put in the work).
Jennifer Chiera, Clarkstown South (14-5): Clarksotwn South won a League title for the first time since 2003, and lost to a poorly rated Carmel team (No. 10?? They made it to the County Center) in the first round of sectionals. Being a AA team hurts the Vikings “Rockland Profile;” they don’t get put in the PR, AM, TZ group, but Clarkstown South had a great season this year with a very young team.
Kevin Metcalf, North Rockland (13-6): Another great turnaround job. North Rockland won more games this season than it did in the past two (12), and may have had a better sectional seed had its leading scorer, Alex Bertolino, not gotten a concussion towards the end of the year that caused her to miss a few games.