By Felisha Butler
After 40 years of coaching, recently retired track and field coach Karl Koonce is no stranger to being recognized for his leadership and commitment to his athletes and students.
He has been a five-time Section Coach of the Year for Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. In addition, he has been named Arkansas Coach of the Year 18 times and has coached 12 All-Americans in track and field. Earlier this month he was an inductee into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and he was also a member of the inaugural Lake Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame induction held in February.
"I feel very privileged to be able to have had the opportunity to coach track and field and cross country, especially in the Lake Hamilton community with the wonderful administration and especially the students I got to work with," said Koonce.
To read more about Coach Koonce's esteemed career and many accolades, visit The Sentinel-Record.
The 2018-2019 athletic calendar has concluded, so VYPE San Antonio will have a series dedicated to notable performers and moments over the past year. Check out the area's top 10 UIL girls athletes.
No. 1: Corina Carter (Converse Judson basketball)
The New Mexico signee, all-state senior and UIL 6A championship game MVP led the Rockets to their first state title.
No. 2: Aliyah Pritchett (New Braunfels Canyon softball)
The Baylor signee and all-state senior led the Cougars to the UIL 6A state semifinal.
No. 3: Kara McGhee (San Antonio Clark volleyball)
The Baylor signee and all-state senior led the Cougars to the UIL 6A Region IV final and was named one of the nation's top 50 high school volleyball players.
No. 4: Caroline Meuth (San Antonio Churchill volleyball)
The Notre Dame signee and all-state senior led the Chargers to the second round of the UIL 6A playoffs.
No. 5: Kyra White (Converse Judson basketball)
The USC signee and all-state senior played a major role in the Rockets' run to the UIL 6A state championship.
No. 6: Amaya Brown (Goliad track and field)
The Texas State-bound senior won UIL 3A state championships in the long jump and triple jump.
No. 7: Morgan Fey (San Antonio Southwest track and field)
The junior won the UIL 5A discus state championship and earned a state bronze medal in shot put.
No. 8: Adelyhda Perez (Uvalde wrestling)
The Lobos' senior and three-time UIL state wrestling champ finished her high school career with the 2019 UIL 5A 138-pound state championship.
No. 9: Charli Becker (Kerrville Tivy basketball)
The all-state senior led the Antlers to the UIL 5A state semifinal.
No. 10: Lea Karren (Jourdanton tennis)
The France native and Squaws' junior won the UIL 3A girls singles tennis state championship.
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