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Gazette Sportsmen of the Year, 2000-13

2013 — Jimbo Fisher

Clarksburg, Liberty High; led Florida State

to BCS national championship game

2012 — Nick Saban

First repeat winner; led Alabama

to BCS national championship (he won it in January)

2011 — Chris Wallace

Buckhannon; as general manager,

took Memphis Grizzlies to first playoff series win

2010 — Bob Huggins

Morgantown, WVU; took Mountaineers

to first Final Four since 1959

2009 — Renee Montgomery

Capital, South Charleston High; Won NCAA championship with Connecticut, named to WNBA all-rookie team

2008 — Alexis Hornbuckle

Capital, South Charleston High; won NCAA title

with Tennessee, WNBA title with Detroit Shock

2007 — Randy Moss

Rand, Marshall; Resurrected career by leading

New England Patriots on road to Super Bowl

2006 — Nick Swisher

Parkersburg High; hit 35 home runs in leading

Oakland Athletics to AL Championship Series

2005 — Mike D'Antoni

Mullens, Marshall; led Phoenix Suns to

Western Conference finals with run-and-gun style

2004 — Girls basketball

Alexis Hornbuckle, Renee Montgomery, Megan Withrow lead a surge in Kanawha Valley talent

2003 — Rich Rodriguez

Grant Town; led WVU to second postseason Top 25  

ranking in a row, berth in Gator Bowl

2002 — Rod Thorn

Princeton WVU; as general manager,

led New Jersey Nets to NBA Finals

2001 — Nick Saban

Monongah High; led struggling LSU

to SEC championship and Sugar Bowl

2000 — Brett Nelson

St. Albans; helped lead Florida to Final Four


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