Jeff Turtle, Sequoyah HS, Oklahoma (copy)

Jeff Turtle, Sequoyah Tahlequah

Sequoyah Tahlequah softball coach Jeff Turtle has been chosen as a finalist for national coach of the year in softball, as chosen by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.

Turtle guided the Indians to a 3A state fast pitch title in 2018 and also has two state runner-up finishes in fast pitch and one in slow pitch.

He oversees a fast pitch program that has made 13 consecutive state tournament appearances.

The NHSACA selects national coaches of the year in 19 sports, based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championships and career winning percentage.

Eight finalist in each sport will be honored during the national awards banquet, July 23 in Lincoln, Nebraska, as part of the NHSACA convention.

Turtle was nominated by the Oklahoma Coaches Association.

Mike Brown

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