Pierre T.F. Riggs Lady Governors soccer coach Sidney Zanin was named the South Dakota Soccer Coach of the Year in an announcement made by the South Dakota High School Coaches Association on Friday.
Zanin guided the Lady Govs to their second straight Class A State Girls Soccer championship after defeating Rapid City Stevens 2-0 in the State Championship game at Sioux Park in Rapid City. The Lady Govs went 14-1-1. They ended the season with eight straight wins. The Lady Govs overpowered opponents, outscoring them 53-8.
Zanin, who was in Brazil when the Capital Journal reached out to him, said he was excited to receive the honor.
“It just shows that the hard work that I’ve put in, and that these girls have put in, was worth it,” Zanin said.
Another area coach to receive a Fall Sports Award was Miller volleyball coach Linda DeBoer. She was named Volleyball Coach of the Year after guiding the Rustlers to a Region 6A leading 30-3 record. The Rustlers won 25 straight matches before losing 3-0 to Sioux Falls Christian in the Class A Volleyball Championship. The Rustlers won 80 out of 97 sets that they played this past season.
Zanin and DeBoer, as well as all of the other award winners, will be recognized at the annual awards banquet held in Mitchell this summer in conjunction with the South Dakota Coaches’ Clinic.
Full South Dakota High School Coaches Association Awards list for Fall 2018
(Other nominees are listed below the winner)
Cheer – Val Ewing of Winner High School
Tina Barnett-Sioux Falls O’Gorman, Bruce Kleinsasser-Aberdeen Central, Diedra Nissen-Sioux Falls Roosevelt
Dance – Tracy Kuhn of Brandon Valley High School
Megan Smith-Huron, Melissa Strong-Dakota Valley
Soccer – Sidney Zanin of Pierre T.F. Riggs High School
Dave Dancler-Sioux Falls Washington, Tyler Schuring-Yankton, Luis Usera-Rapid City Stevens, Kendall Velgersdyk-Sioux Falls Christian
Girls Cross Country – Don Ray of Deubrook High School
Karen Karim-Custer, Eric Pooley-Sioux Falls Lincoln, Kyle Sanderson-Newell
Boys Cross Country – Jeff Larson of Warner High School
Tom Brantner-James Valley Christian, Karen Karim-Custer, Eric Pooley-Sioux Falls Lincoln
Football – Byron Pudwill of Bon Homme High School
Craig Clayberg-Tea Area, Chad Garrow-Brandon Valley, Michael Schmitz-Huron, James Strang-Canistota
Volleyball – Linda DeBoer of Miller High School
Kari Jung-Warner, Kylie Voorhees-Rapid City Stevens, Darci Wassenaar, Sioux Falls Christian