Colleen Fontanella and David Bluhm
2017 Coaches of the Year!

Colleen Fontanella

David Bluhm

 

Coaches are the heart and soul of every chess community. When adult players look back on time spent learning and growing with the game, at the center of those memories stands the coach.

Who are chess coaches? What qualities define these extraordinary and generous people? It is first a love of the players. Coaches watch their young players learn and grow and make the game their own. They mentor sportsmanship, goal setting, forward thinking and confidence – as well as the ability and desire to compete. They offer reassurance and support in place of criticism. They offer hope and encouragement. The finest coaches improve not only their players’ chess, but improve opportunities for chess in their communities, and the improve the game itself.

Minnesota enjoys many wonderful coaches who create an outstanding environment for young chess players in our State. From among this field it is our honor to announce Colleen Fontanella and David Bluhm, who exceed all our criteria for great coaches, as the School Chess Association 2016 Coaches of the Year.

Congratulations, Coleen and David from everyone at the School Chess Association.

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Coach of the Year
Winners
2017
Colleen Fontanella & David Bluhm
2016
Dana Litman & Don Picard
2015
Pete Munene, Jeff Harrison
2014
Richard Lassard, Nancy Meyer & Matthew Foli
2013
Richard Weber and John & Sarah Thomson
2012
Robin Altman & Tom Nelson
2011
Stan Kegel and Barry Thorvilson
2010
Michael Klein and Igor Rybakov
2009
Jiten Patel
2008
Daa Mahowald
2007
Beth Proctor
2006
Kevin Landman & Jeremy White
2005
Luke Bearth & Mike Macken
2004
Pat Lavone & Joan Pipp
2003
Alex Adams
2002
Barbara Vandenberg and Paul Morley
2001
Joel Harmon
2000
Jack Mangan
1999
Bill Heinemann & Glenn Dowd
1998
Sandy Mullaney
1997
Lou McCoy
1996
David Bluhm
1995
1994
Mary Jo Knutson
1993
Robin Altman
1992
1991
Eduard Zelkind
1990
Tonie Meiners
1989
Russ Erickson
1988
1987
Brian Ribnick
1986
Brian Ribnick
1985