On December 13, United Soccer Coaches announced Jesuit's women's soccer coach Steve Fennah as a National High School Coach of the Year for 2018. Coach Fennah will receive the prestigious award on January 11 at the 72nd Annual United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago.
Coach Fennah was chosen nationally from all member high school girls' soccer coaches based on his knowledge of the game, rapport with players, other coaches, officials, and media, and involvement with the soccer community.
"I am honored and humbled to receive the recognition, however this is truly a team award. My assistants, Darren and Leroy, and all the young women on the team earned this award. This team was an absolute pleasure to work with, and I am privileged to receive the award on behalf of the team and school."
Coach Fennah joined Jesuit in 1993, its inaugural coeducational year, to coach the first ever women's soccer team. He led the team to its first four of six consecutive state titles from 1994 to 1999, an era of distinction for the women's soccer team which was recently inducted into Jesuit's Hall of Fame.
After coaching at Oregon State for nine years, Coach Fennah returned to Jesuit in 2008 and has since won three more state championships. The 2018 women's soccer state championship team allowed only a single goal in their entire undefeated season. They finished the year ranked as the no. 1 women's high school soccer team in the nation by USA Today Sports.
"Steve Fennah is greatly deserving of this award," said Athletic Director Mike Hughes. "He is a coach and teacher to the whole student: head, heart, body, and soul. He is a great technical and tactical coach, yet he also is an excellent communicator, motivator, and leader. Jesuit is blessed to have Steve on the pitch every day working with our students."