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James Orcutt: National Boys Golf Coach of the Year (2018-19)

By Hannah Wishart on January 24, 2020 coaches Print

The NFHS is proud to name James Orcutt of North Platte High School in North Platte, Nebraska as the 2018-19 Boys Golf Coach of the Year!

Coach Orcutt takes his role as a golf coach very seriously. He knows that he is shaping future leaders. He is teaching life skills through athletics and encouraging his golfers every day to expand their learning beyond the classroom. The NFHS is honored to name Coach James Orcutt as 2018-19 NATIONAL Boys Golf Coach of the Year!

School: North Platte High School

Seasons Coaching: 35 | 2018-19 Boys Season Wins: 125 | 2018-19 Girls Season Wins: 87

Coaching Highlights: Nebraska Coaches Association Golf Coach of the Year (2019), State Boys Golf Team Champion (2019), State Girls Golf Runner-Up (2018), State Boys Golf Runner-Up (1996), and many individual state and district medal winners over the years.

Philosophy of Athletics

James has enjoyed working with student athletes throughout his teaching and coaching career both at North Platte High as well as at Lanark High School in Illinois. He firmly believes that extracurricular activities assist in molding a well rounded student/athlete that is ready to face the world when they graduate from high school. While teaching and coaching, he has tried his level best to help students reach their individual potential in both the classroom and on the golf course, court, or field. Athletics provides the opportunity to expand the learning outside the classroom and to teach principles of character, honesty, and teamwork for kids that are forming into the adults of tomorrow. He considers himself blessed to have had the opportunity to influence the lives of hundreds of those students both in the classroom and in extracurricular athletics.

See all of the 2018-19 National Coach of the Year recipients in our press release.