Olpe H.S. Girls' Basketball Coach Wins USA Today Coach Of The Year

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

OLPE, Kan. (WIBW) -- Congratulations, Jesse Nelson!

The all-time winningest basketball coach in Kansas history was voted the top girls basketball coach in the country after a month-long contest by USA Today.

Nelson received more than a half-million votes, according to USA Today. That's nearly a thousand votes for each person in the tiny town of 550 people.

Olpe athletic director Chris Schmidt partially credited all of Nelson's former students and the folks living in neighboring Emporia for many of the votes.

“He’s been coaching here 35, 36 years – and been a part of this school for that long. He retired from teaching here four years ago, and is still coaching,” Schmidt told the website.

More than 250 coaches were picked for the tournament-style contest, which attracted over four million votes.

And, naturally, when USA Today asked Schmidt where Nelson was when the announcement was made, Schmidt said, “[h]e’s actually on his way to a state game right now."

Posted by: Nick Viviani

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