They were several coaches who arguably could be given the COY award in Div 5. The criteria for that award would support that. But if you ask which coach did the most with the least, and which coach brought out the most from his players – essentially who “coached up” his student athletes to the highest degree – the answer is Will Munsil of Scottsdale Prep.
The football program has been in existence only 4 years. In those 4 years the Spartan football team has moved up from Charter to AIA 8 man and to AIA 11 man-a very quick transition for any school. In those 4 years Coach Munsil has guided the Spartan football team to 4 straight playoff appearances, an undefeated record at home (15-0), an undefeated record against peer schools in Great Hearts (10-0), a 32-10 overall record and a number #1 regular season team ranking in 2012. Additionally, his teams have set numerous offensive state records and had signature wins over storied programs such as Mogollon, Scottsdale Christian and Valley Christian. They came within one play of becoming Section Champions in their first year in 11 man football.
Coach Munsil did this with – no school tradition of football, no football program at all 48 months ago! No home football field, no practice field (they continue to practice at unlined public park field, the only 11 man AIA program in the state that I know of that has to do that) and no locker rooms and a very small parent donated weight training room.
Munsil has had only 2 part time volunteer coaches each season. No managers, trainers or other such support from Scottsdale Prep. The student athletes that he has coached for 4 years are at Scottsdale Prep for academics-not football. Munsil has no ability to scholarship or attract (“recruit”) any athletes from anywhere else. Of the 29 players on this year’s active roster 18 were in there second year or LESS of football. 6 had never played any type of tackle football before.
Coach Munsil won 7 games and almost beat Tempe Prep, gave Northwest Christian a scare and put 43 points and 500 yards of offense on possibly the second best team in Division 5 on their home field. He did this with a team that includes 1 player over 200 pounds and an offensive and defensive line that averaged an honest 165-170 pounds at most.
Coach Munsil disguised Scottsdale Preps many weaknesses by coaching his players into believing they were better football players than they were. He had some talent sure. But mostly he had kids who would likely not start on many other playoff bound Div 5 teams. He convinced his players that they could be great and play football with those schools with state championship pedigrees, 280 pound lineman, 50 man rosters and 6’5’ QBS and receivers.
And they did.
Sounds like Coach of the Year material to me.