ANDOVER, Kan. The softball season has been over for several months, but coaches at Andover Central High School are still collecting awards.
The National Fast Pitch Coaches Association named Andover Central's coaching staff the best in the country. It's a huge honor, but comes as no surprise to the players of Jaguars Head Coach Rita Frakes who won a state title in late May.
"As soon as (Frakes) told me she was nominated nationally, I knew she was going to win it," says ACHS pitcher Audrey Orlowski. "All of our staff are so amazing and when I heard they won, I was not surprised at all."
ACHS third baseman Jordyn Maddex says "there's no coaching staff that deserves it more."
The Jaguars ended the 2018 season with a state championship, but an even bigger victory for Frakes came off the field as she won her fight against stage-3 breast cancer.
She says winning the national coaching award is about the people who helped her through the tough times.
"I will always be grateful to them, (for) not only helping me reach another milestone, but they loved on me and made me believe that I was going to be okay," she says.
After beating cancer, she says the coaching award was "the icing on the cake" for her.