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Longmont's head boys basketball coach Jeff Kloster gets about the same amount of mail as anyone, possibly a little more considering the number of alumni he has coached over the past 20-plus years.

The percentage of Coach Kloster's incoming mail that contains a formal recognition of one accomplishment or another, however, is probably higher than the average person's. Last month, the veteran Longmont Trojans coach received a letter from the National Federation of State High School Associations notifying him that he had been named 2015 Coach of the Year for Colorado by the NFHS Coaches Association.

The letter read:


Dear Jeff,

It is my honor and privilege to inform you on behalf of the NFHS Coaches Association that you have been selected to receive the 2015 Coach of the Year award at the state level in the sport of Boys Basketball. The NFHS Coaches Association is the official national coaches association of the National Federation of the State High School Associations (NFHS). The NFHS recognizes coaches at the state, sectional and national level, and notifies recipients by letter of the highest level of award they will receive. Congratulations on your recognition!

Your contributions on behalf of high school athletics are deserving of our appreciation, and you will receive a certificate from the NFHS ... Congratulations on being selected to represent all the deserving coaches from your state. Again, thank you for your many contributions to the youth of this country.


Robert B. Gardner Richard G Baker

Executive Director Chair, NFHS Coaches Association Advisory Committee


Kloster, who guided the Trojans to a 27-1 season and runners-up in 4A last year, was also named coach of the year by the Colorado High School Coaches Association in August.

The Trojans are currently 17-1 and leading the 4A Northern League with five games left. They are undefeated (9-0) in conference play.

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