Moon’s Bill Pfeifer named national girls soccer coach of the year

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Monday, January 16, 2023 | 4:01 PM


Moon had a girls soccer season to remember in the fall.

The Tigers didn’t let anybody get in the way as they collected WPIAL and PIAA Class 3A championships and finished a perfect 24-0.

Moon won WPIAL and state titles last year, as well, in Class 4A.

The engineer of the winning run is venerable coach Bill Pfeifer, who has found himself on an elite list of coaches from across the country.

Pfeifer on Monday was named the National Federation of State High School Associations Girls Soccer Coach of the Year.

Moon left a trail of shutouts — 21 of them — and allowed only three goals all season.

“The game, as in life, is not always fair and may not go the way you want all the time,” Pfeifer said. “But if you stay focused, set goals and look at the bigger picture, all things in the end work out.”

Pfeifer has 482 wins — a girls’ state record — in 27 years of coaching.

He also won back-to-back WPIAL and PIAA titles at Moon in 2016-17 before leaving to coach Hopewell and later, Central Valley.

In all, 23 coaches were selected from across the country.

Other national winners in girls’ sports are:

Mary Klinger, basketball, Somerset (N.J.) Rutgers Prep

Jill Evers, cross country, Kent City (Mich.)

Frank Gallant, golf, Springfield (M0.) Catholic

Tim Godby, lacrosse, Milton (Ga.)

Mark Watt, softball, Lincoln (Neb.)

Michael Rose, swimming and diving, Brookfield (Wisc.) East

Kirsten Ruchaber, tennis, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit

Sue Hysong, track and field, Avondale (Ariz.) Westview

Iona Stookey, volleyball, Worden (Mont.) Huntley Project

Boys’ coaches of the year are:

Billy Bowen, baseball, Durant (Okla.) Silo

Greg Haagsma, basketball, Chandler (Ariz.) Valley Christian

Rickey Baker, cross country, Keams Canyon (Ariz.) Hopi

Greg Grant, 11-player football, Heppner (Ore.)

Brendan Patch, golf, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison

Michael Hagerty, soccer, Yarmouth (Maine)

Richard Blanc, swimming and diving, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita Catholic

Josh Munro, tennis, Kalispell (Mont.) Glacier

Benny Mitchell, track and field, Taos (N.M.)

Jeffrey Matczak, wrestling, Kaukauna (Wisc.).

Spirit: Debbie Kishpaugh of Pendleton (Ore..

Other: Dan Shine, Arlington (Mass.) Catholic; Terri Simonetti-Frost, Thomas Worthington (Ohio).

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at bbeckner@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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