After a long list of memorable accomplishments over the last 10 weeks, it is time for you to decide who was the very best of the best. We have selected nine outstanding finalists for our annual BlueStreak-Overtime FCIAC Spring Coach of the Year award.
The winner will receive a trophy from BlueStreak Sports Training and the Stamford Advocate.
Here are the finalists and their accomplishments:
JEFF BABINEAU, ST. JOSEPH SOFTBALL: The Cadets, with a starting lineup that included four freshmen and three sophomores, had a 16-game winning streak and finished the season 19-5, reaching the FCIAC semifinals and the second round of the state tournament.
JEFF BRAMEIER, DARIEN BOYS LACROSSE: The Blue Wave were nationally ranked throughout the season and finished with a 20-2 record. They reached the FCIAC final and won the CIAC Class M championship.
LIDANIA CIBERE, RIDGEFIELD BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Tigers finished the season 20-2 and won their first-ever FCIAC championship. They also advanced to the finals of the state tournament.
ELAINE GRATRIX, NORWALK SOFTBALL: The Bears finished the season with a 15-9 record, their most victories and best winning percentage since 2007, the last time they qualified for the FCIAC Tournament until this year. They reached the league semifinals for the first time since 2006.
BEN LEVY: STAMFORD GIRLS LACROSSE: In just their third season of existence, the Black Knights, who won 0 and 6 games their first two years, finished 11-5 and qualified for the state tournament for the first time ever.
JOHN REISERT, FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE GIRLS TENNIS: The Falcons had their best regular season ever with a 16-2 mark a year after graduating seven seniors, had six players qualify for the State Open and Reisert is a finalist for National Coach of the Year.
JEFF SANTILLI, GREENWICH BOYS GOLF: The Cardinals completed the season 21-0, won both FCIAC (by 21 strokes) and state championships and had a state-record 3.8 team handicap.
PATRIK VICIAN, WESTHILL BOYS TENNIS: The Vikings finished the regular season 12-4, their best record in two decades, won a match in the opening round of the FCIAC Tournament and produced the winning doubles team in Class LL and the State Open.
KRISTIN WOODS, NEW CANAAN GIRLS LACROSSE: The Rams finished the season 21-1, including 16-0 during the regular season, and won the CIAC Class M state title. Woods was named both FCIAC and State Coach of the Year.
Those are the nine finalists. You have until noon on Wednesday to select the 2012 BlueStreak-Overtime FCIAC Spring Coach of the Year.
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