Kintz finalist for National Coach of the Year award

The Gladstone coach is honored by her peers for the second time in eight seasons

Gladstone High School track and field coach Joan Kintz has been honored by her peers for the second time as a finalist for National High School Athletic Coaches Association girls track and field 'Coach of the Year.'

Kintz, who has been coaching high school track and field since 1982, was named Oregon and Northwest Region girls track and field coach of the year in 2004 and again this spring.

As a regional winner, Kintz was a national finalist along with winners from six other regions. She attended the National Coach of the Year Banquet in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on June 22, where the 2011 national coaches of the year were named.

'I wouldn't be able to do it without the support I have in this community,' said Kintz. 'The faculty, my assistant coaches, the administration and the community have just been tremendous….

'We've got great facilities, thanks to community support in passing bonds. Our coaching staff are great technicians. We're known around the state for having a quality track program….

'I've had some great athletes over the years. That also helps.'

Oregon had three other national finalists this year: Astoria baseball coach Dave Gasser, South Medford boys basketball coach Dennis Murphy and Crook County volleyball coach Rosie Honl.

The selection was based on a long list of criteria, including years coaching, state championships, win-loss record, involvement in state associations, and community involvement.

Kintz had state championship track and field teams at Gladstone in 1996, 1997 and in 1998; her career dual record as a varsity coach is 102-42.

A graduate of Clackamas High School, Kintz' coaching career began at Centennial in 1982. After four years coaching track and field and gymnastics at Clackamas, she began coaching at Gladstone in 1987, becoming head coach in 1990.

Kintz has served on the executive board of the Oregon High School Coaches Association for the past 10 years.