King’s High School football coach Jim Shapiro has been named Coach of the Year for the state of Washington by the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS), the official governing body of high school athletes in the United States. The Coach of the Year award recognizes coaches at a state, sectional and national level for outstanding contributions on behalf of high school athletics.
“I’m humbled and grateful to be recognized by the NFHS,” said Shapiro. “Washington state has many great football coaches and I’m honored to be acknowledged at this level. Coaching football is a passion for me, and it’s rewarding to work with such inspirational and hardworking students.”
Shapiro is in his 20th season coaching football at King’s High School and his 17th season as head coach. In the past five seasons, the team has achieved a record of 43-14, qualified for four state quarter-final appearances, and been awarded four academic state championships. In 2012, Shapiro coached the Knights football team to a 6-0 record in the Cascade Conference (11-1 overall) and, under his leadership, three Knights football players were named to the 2012 Associated Press 1A all-state football team.
“This is a great honor for Jim and we are excited to see that his years of outstanding coaching and leadership have been recognized,” said Jeff Geers, athletic director at King’s High School. “Jim is an excellent coach and mentor with a pulse on high school football. He connects with the athletes and encourages and supports them as they discover their full potential.”
A graduate of King’s High School, Shapiro played college football at Azusa Pacific University and Pacific Lutheran University, where he was part of the NAIA Division II National Championship team.
Editor's note: Information provided by King's High School.