JEFFERSON, GA. > WRESTLING
Thurmond, a 50-year-old phys-ed teacher at Jefferson High, coached the Dragons to a state-record 12th consecutive team title with a 232--88 win over Greater Atlanta Christian, including individual crowns in the 126- and 182-pound weight classes. The team's state title streak, begun in Thurmond's first year as head coach, is the longest for any program in any sport in Georgia history. A 2009 inductee into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Thurmond is 440--66 in 25 years of coaching.
April 9, 2012
EWING, N.J. > BASKETBALL
Dearden, 48, a special-ed teacher and 22-year coach at her alma mater, Ewing High, led the Blue Devils to the Group II state title with a 59--50 win over Pascack. The first female to coach a boys' basketball team to a New Jersey title, she was named the state boys' basketball coach of the year. Dearden, who coached Ewing girls' basketball to a championship in 1999 and the girls' soccer team to one in '91, is believed to be the first coach in the country to lead three different teams to state titles.
GREENSBORO, N.C. > BASKETBALL
Johnson, 57, the athletic director and boys' basketball coach at Greensboro Day School, guided the Bengals to an 84--47 victory over Providence Day School in February to become North Carolina's winningest high school boys' basketball coach, with 819 career wins. In 35 years he has led the program to seven Independent Schools Athletic Association state titles and 21 conference championships. At season's end Johnson had an 833--262 career record.
THE BRONX > TRACK AND FIELD
Weems, 36, an English teacher and coach of the Jaguars track teams at P.S./M.S. 15, was honored by the White House's Champions of Change program last month. Diagnosed with diabetes in 2004, Weems worked with the New York Road Runners' youth program to start an after-school track and cross-country team for children ages 10--16 and an in-school walking program for ages 5--9 to help combat childhood obesity. The two programs serve 350 students each year.
FRISCO, TEXAS > SOCCER
Weir, 60, the boys' soccer coach at Plano High, reached his 500th career win in February (3--0 over Richardson High) and last week led the Wildcats to a repeat 8-5A section title win and the No. 1 seed in the district postseason playoff round. He has won a Texas-record six state titles and was named the Federation of State High School Associations' national soccer coach of the year in 2009. Weir has had only two losing seasons in his 35-year tenure and plans to retire at season's end.
TERI MCKEEVER DAVID DURDEN
EL CERRITO, CALIF. CONCORD, CALIF. > SWIMMING AND DIVING
McKeever, a 20th-year women's coach at Cal, and Durden, a fifth-year men's coach there, led their respective teams to repeat national titles. The women won seven individual and relay crowns, and the men took six. McKeever, 50, and Durden, 36, were each named coach of the meet and celebrated by jumping in the pool with their teams.
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Lois Lane, the kid from Terminator 2, the Six-Million Dollar Man and Gary Busey—that's probably not the crowd that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll envisioned his starting running back, Marshawn Lynch, rolling with this off-season. As a favor to a friend, Lynch took a bit part as a bouncer in the indie film Matt's Chance, starring Margot Kidder, Edward Furlong, Lee Majors and the aforementioned poster boy for kooky actors. And last week Lynch filmed his lone scene, roughing up a few folks and delivering one word of dialogue, "Relax"—which is exactly what Seattle fans can do now. After his cameo Lynch said of acting, "It's just not me.... It's not something I'm [going to] to pursue." And somewhere, Carroll let out a sigh of relief.