Knoll named 2A Coach of the Year

Coach Darrel Knoll guiding his team through the quarterfinals at 2A State basketball. Knoll has coached for 34 years at Hillsboro High School.

Hillsboro High School Coach Darrel Knoll has had an exciting few years coaching basketball. In addition to his team taking state securing back-to back state championships the last two years, he has been named 2A Coach of the Year two years in a row.

On March 21, Sports in Kansas released its annual list of coach of the year winners across the seven classifications in Kansas with Knoll listed as the 2A Coach of the Year. According to their website, a media panel of over 30 members in Kansas vote to compile finalists and winners each and every year.

Knoll is quick to credit others for his success.

He said, “We had a dominating team this year that played relentless defense, shared the ball, and truly cared for each other. I am blessed to have such outstanding players and coaches who are equally outstanding individuals–Coach of the Year is a result of everyone involved and the credit goes back to them.”

This season marks Knoll’s 34th year at Hillsboro High School where his record is 587-211.

He has had 15 State Tournament appearances:

  • 5 Championships (Class 3A: 1991, 95, and 98, and Class 2A in 2021 and 2022),
  • 2A Co-Championship (2020)—they were unable to finish the final game due to COVID-19
  • 3 Runner up finishes (Class 3A: 1992, 97, and 99),
  • 3 3rd place finishes (Class 3A: 1996, 2003, and 2004).

Knoll has also had numerous other honors.

· Kansas Coaches Association 1995 Basketball Coach of the Year

· 1996 NFICA Section 5 Coach of the Year

· Wichita Eagle All Class 1998 All State Coach of the Year

· Topeka Capital Journal 2021 All Class All State Coach of the Year

· KBCA 3A Coach of the Year, 1991, 1995, 1998

· KBCA 2A Coach of the Year 2021 (and most likely will be for 2022 as well)

Knoll coached the KBCA All Star Games for 1991, 1995, 1998 and 2021. He will also coach in this year’s KBCA game for 2022.

Knoll was also listed as KSHSAA Covered 2A All State Coach of the Year 2022.

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