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Sutherlin girls basketball coach a finalist for National Coach Program

Sutherlin High School gymnasium, Sept. 26, 2017. (SBG)

SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- A girls basketball coach in Sutherlin is getting national attention as a finalist for US Cellular's National Coach Program.

"If you put the hard work in and the effort, the wins are going to come,” Sutherlin girls head coach Josh Grotting said, “and fortunately, they have."

But exactly how many wins are we talking about?

The girls basketball team helped put Sutherlin High on the map after becoming the fourth school in Oregon history to win four consecutive titles, and Grotting is being recognized for his efforts.

“I think he's very deserving of this award, “said sophomore point guard Kiersten Haines, “because he gets players and…we're not championship material, but throughout the season he'll transform us into this championship team."

The award not only honors their coach; making top 15 also includes a $5,000 award for their school.

"I think it's awesome,” said senior guard Harlee Baker, “because it'll be money to our school and it's just awesome that he's one of the nominees."

Coach Grotting also shared his secret to being a successful coach.

"It's just having good kids,” he said, “I mean, this award, it's kind of weird; I wish all of their names were on it."

If he makes the top 15, the National Coach Program will provide a celebration for the school and a video sharing the coach's story.

You can vote for coach Grotting at themostvaluablecoach.com until Monday, October 9.

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