Pinder named national coach of the year

Fort Lauderdale Dillard Hall of Fame girls’ basketball coach Marcia Pinder keeps racking up coach of the year awards with no end in sight.

Pinder was named the National High School Athletic Coaches Association coach of the Year on Wednesday in Iowa to cap a season in which she led the powerhouse Panthers to a state title four-peat and eighth state title overall.

The honor adds to a post-season in which Pinder has collected coach of the year honors from the Miami Herald and Dairy Farmers in the Class 5A classification.

This past season, Pinder upped her Florida all-time winningest coaching record to 832-178 when the Panthers finished 28-3.

Dillard’s eighth state title is one short of the state record (9) held by Jacksonville Ribault, which also owns a state record five consecutive state titles.

Pinder, who was inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January, joined rare company as a back-to-back National High School Coach of the year winner, following the award from RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WNBCA last season.

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