2015 Florida Dairy Farmers Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year

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Blanche Ely’s Melvin Randall Named 2015 Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year

GAINESVILLE (March 31) – Head coach Melvin Randall of Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach has been named the 2015 Florida Dairy Farmers Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year following a final round of voting by a statewide panel of high school basketball coaches and media representatives.

Randall, who also won this award in 2013, led the Tigers to a 28-0 record, the school’s third state title in four years and the No. 4 spot in USA Today’s national high school rankings. The championship was Randall’s fourth state title at Ely and sixth overall (two at Deerfield Beach), giving him more boys’ state basketball titles than any coach in Broward County history. In his 23-year career, Randall has compiled an overall record of 482-141.

Randall, who was selected as the Class 7A Coach of the Year in a previous round of voting, finished with 135 points to win the overall award, with Class 4A COY Andy Colville (126) of undefeated state champion Tallahassee Godby and Class 6A COY Lawton Williams III (122)
of Miami Norland rounding out the top three.

Following in order were Class 8A COY Matt Colin (119) of Wellington, Class 3A COY Jim Martin (101) of Providence, Class 5A COY Marty Seidlin (79) of Cardinal Gibbons, Independent COY Kevin Boyle (76) of Montverde Academy, Class 1A COY Joey Orlando (64) of Chipley and Class 2A COY Andrew Moran (52) of Miami Christian.

The Florida Dairy Farmers High School Sports Awards program exemplifies Florida Dairy Farmers’ commitment to the state’s youth. This is the 23rd year of these unique awards as we honor the state’s top athletes and coaches in all 30 FHSAA sanctioned and recognized sports. The program also emphasizes to young people the importance of keeping dairy products a primary part of their diet in their overall nutrition plan.

2015 FINAL VOTING RESULTS (Note: Points awarded on a 10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis)

Coach 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th  Total

Melvin Randall 6 2 4 2 3 0 1 0 1 135
Andy Colville 5 3 1 4 0 3 3 0 0 126
Lawton Williams 2 5 4 2 3 1 0 1 1 122
Matt Colin 4 2 3 1 4 2 2 1 0 119
Jim Martin 1 2 1 2 6 5 2 0 0 101
Marty Seidlin 0 1 3 3 2 1 3 3 3 79
Kevin Boyle 1 2 3 1 0 2 1 3 6 76
Joey Orlando 0 2 0 2 1 2 3 5 4 64
Andrew Moran 0 0 0 2 0 3 4 6 4 52

Past Boys’ Basketball Coaching Winners (Area winners in bold)

1993 – Bernard Wilkes, Jacksonville Ribault
1994 – John Ellerbee, Malone
1995 – Bob Carroll, Bradenton Southeast
1996 – Wade Edmond, Pompano Beach Ely
1997 – Joey Pons, Fort Walton Beach
1998 – Bruce Rosebrock, Jacksonville Wolfson
1999 – Vernon Eppinette, Port St. Joe
2000 – Anthony Long, Gainesville
2001 – Mark Rickman, Orlando Boone
2002 – Ricky McCullough, Chipley
2003 – Mark Lieberman, Miami Pace
2004 – Mike Gaudy, Cocoa Beach
2005 – Danny Wright, Lakewood
2006 – Matt Hixenbaugh, Winter Park
2007 – Steve Kohn, Winter Park Lake Howell
2008 – Lawton Williams III, Miami Norland
2009 – Kelly Beckham, Gainesville
2010 – Eli Bryant, Tallahassee Rickards
2011 – Fred Ross, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
2012 – Billy Washington, Lake Wales
2013 – Melvin Randall, Pompano Beach Ely
2014 – Ed Kershner, Oviedo