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Sun Prairie cross country athlete Mia Zutter runs with a tether attached to her coach, Matt Roe, to guide the way during practice at Sheehan Park in Sun Prairie. 

AMBER ARNOLD — State Journal

Sun Prairie girls cross country coach Matt Roe was selected by the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association as the recipient of the 2016-17 National Federation of High Schools Coaches Association girls cross country coach of the year award for Wisconsin, according to a release from the organization.

The Sun Prairie girls team won the WIAA Division 1 state title for the first time in 2016 in Wisconsin Rapids. 

Each year, the NFHS recognizes a coach for each state for significant achievement in his or her sport.

State level recipients then are considered for NFHS sectional recognition. National coaches of the year then are selected from the sectional winners.

Award recipients are chosen based on criteria including their coaching record, background, coaching honors and involvement in community and school organizations.

About 1,000 coaches each year are recognized at the state level. Then 168 coaches are recognized at the sectional sectional level and 21 coaches are recognized at the national level.

Wisconsin coaches are members of Section 4, which represents Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.

According to the release, the mission of the NFHS Coaches Association is to enhance the professional development of all high school sports coaches in order to improve interscholastic athletics.