Koonce becomes state's first NHSCA Coach of the Year
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.