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Roth finalist for national award

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Steve Roth holds his granddaughter before the presentation ceremony in October 2018 when the school was awarded $5,000 in Roth's name for finishing in the final 15 of a nationwide U.S. Cellular contest for Coach of the Year.
Union photo Steve Roth holds his granddaughter before the presentation ceremony in October 2018 when the school was awarded $5,000 in Roth's name for finishing in the final 15 of a nationwide U.S. Cellular contest for Coach of the Year.

WASHINGTON — In 2018, Washington High School track coach Steve Roth finished in the final 15 of a national U.S. Cellular contest honoring coaches. He recently learned he is one of eight coaching finalists selected to win the National Coach of the Year honor by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.

“I’m really excited. This is humbling and cool,” Roth said Tuesday. “I guess longevity gets you places.”

Roth has coached at Washington for 44 years.

“This is not about me,” Roth said. “This is about my family, administrators, assistant coaches, all the athletes and the community.”

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union nominated Roth for the award. It involved filling out numerous forms like a bio, history, his service in the community, his service to his school, his service to his sport and his coaching philosophy.

“This comes from me loving coaching,” Roth said. “I want to give back. I just enjoy being a Demon and all that goes with it.”

The winner will be announced at the NHSACA national convention July 19-23 in Lincoln, Neb.

Roth will make a presentation there about the Demon program and his coaching.