Area Boys' Cross-Country Coach of the Year: STM's David Behm

Area Boys' Cross-Country Coach of the Year: STM's David Behm

Coach of the Year: St. Thomas More’s David Behm

Coached the Sabers to their first Class 1A regional, sectional and state championship in boys’ cross-country. At state, Nick Hess and Jacob Helfrich earned all-state honors.

Season highlight: “I am so honored to have coached such wonderful young men and women and to be associated with such a great institution as St. Thomas More. Having both the girls’ and boys’ teams qualify for state was a great accomplishment. It comes down to hard work and dedication. Winning the state championship was a direct result of their commitment and pursuit of being the best. I was amazed to see the season end with everyone running their personal best and bringing home the champions trophy. It was truly one of the most exciting days of my life,” Behm said.

A few of my favorite things: David Bowie ... “Father Goose,” starring Cary Grant ... The Iliad ... Steamed lobster tails ... Bona Casa, in Cumberland, Wis. ... Green Bay Packers ... Nike Town ... 1972 VW Campervan ... Walking beans ... On my bucket list, to win a girls’ state championship, to sail the Pacific and to drive across America with family in my VW Campervan.

About Coach Behm: “What has made this team most successful is the level of commitment Coach Dave Behm has shown towards us. I am talking about the man who has taken up multiple jobs at once and cut back on the luxuries in his own life just so he could remain our coach. When kids, like my teammates and I, see such a selfless faith placed upon themselves by an adult, it is truly inspirational. Coach Behm is a man whom I could only aspire to be. He has shown me if I pour my heart into whatever I do in life, I can achieve my goals, no matter how high they are set. Coach Behm has been more than a coach to me. He is the example for the way I live my life.” — Sean Kelley, St. Thomas More senior