N-G All-Area boys' swimming Coach of the Year | Centennial's Courtney Lehmann

N-G All-Area boys' swimming Coach of the Year | Centennial's Courtney Lehmann

Why she's Coach of the Year: Lehmann's banner first season running the Charger pool programs continued past the girls' campaign. Centennial's boys won the Twin City Meet for the first time since 2007 before breaking a sectional title drought dating back to the same year. Lehmann's crew also earned state bids in three individual events and two relays.

Season highlights: "Won Twin City after many years, won sectionals after many years and sent two of our relays (to state). Last year we only sent Luke Starks and Alex Shilts, so it was exciting to get a few more guys up at the state meet."

A few of my favorites: A concert/sporting event I need to see is a Drake concert. I've been really digging his music lately. ... If I wasn't a coach, I would be selling investments in insurance. That's what I'm currently doing outside coaching. You probably wouldn't know that if you looked at me. ... My favorite go-to motivational tactics are visualization and giving positive feedback to each athlete. Whether it's telling them "Great swim," or "This is something we need to work on," it goes a long way. ... My favorite subject to study in school was science. When I went to college, I considered majoring in biology. It just kind of clicked with me. ... My favorite athlete is Katie Ledecky. ... A movie I have to see is "The Godfather." I've heard good things about it, so probably that one. ... My favorite TV show is any of the "Real Housewives" shows on Bravo. I am a reality TV show nut. ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Jennifer Lawrence, Oprah Winfrey and Chris Pratt.

What I've enjoyed most about my first year coaching at Centennial: "I've loved the support I've gotten from the parents and the community in general. It was a challenging two seasons, and I didn't really know what to expect just because I was an assistant coach at Uni, so obviously there's a lot of responsibility that's kind of poured on you. But the support from Centennial, athletic director Tony Millard, the community and the parents is just awesome, to see everyone come together and make it a great season."

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