Harris, 48, in his seventh year as coach at Booker T. Washington High, led the Tornadoes to the 4A state title, beating Jacksonville's Bolles School 35-7 in a finals rematch. Named the USA Today coach of the year after taking the Tornadoes to the 2007 championship, he was an administrative assistant for the Miami program for three years before returning to Washington in 2011.
Stow, Mass. > Field Hockey
Shoemaker, 58, an eighth-grade science teacher and a 14-year coach at Acton-Boxborough Regional High, won her third Division I state title with a 3-0 victory over Shrewsbury, lifting her career record to 141-20-20. She was named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association coach of the year. The mother of 2008 Olympic triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker, Mae has run in 24 straight Boston Marathons.
Chicago > Cross-Country
Adelmann, 28, a special-education teacher at Jones College Prep, led the Eagles boys to the first state championship by a Chicago public school since 1963, defeating three-time defending champ Belvidere North by 41 points for the Class AA title. Under Adelmann, who coaches track and the girls' teams in both sports as well, the boys have qualified for the Illinois state meet in each of his four years at the helm.
New York City > Tennis
Brennan, 61, a 21-year boys' and girls' coach at St. Francis Prep, guided the Lady Terriers to their 15th straight Class AA state and Catholic league titles in October. A tennis pro at North Shore Tennis Club, he returned to coaching less than a month after his last major surgery for oral cancer, four years ago. The boys under Brennan have earned nine state titles, and the girls set a state record with 203 straight wins.
Grapevine, Texas > Basketball
Cannon, 65, the athletic coordinator and girls' coach at Trinity High in Euless, led the Trojans to a 76-36 win over Dallas's Kimball High in November's Flower Mound Tournament to become the seventh girls' coach in the nation to win 1,000 games. Cannon, who has a 1,013-313 record over 41 seasons (27 at Trinity), was inducted into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Williamstown, Mass. > Soccer
Russo, 68, a 34-year coach of the Williams men's team, won his 400th career match with a 2-1 season-opening victory over Westfield (Mass.) State last fall. His career winning percentage of .771 (415-103-58) ranks seventh all time in Division III. The first to win back-to-back national collegiate soccer Coach of the Year honors (1987 and '88), Russo has had four of his players go on to earn international caps.
Photo credits: The Boston Globe (Shoemaker); Hillary Shelton (Adelmann); Courtesy of St. Francis Prep (Brennan); Glenda Kramer Photography (Cannon); Kris Dufour/Williams College (Russo)