Art Walker, football coach at North Allegheny High School, has been selected the national coach of the year by the National Sports News Service.
The National Sports News Service has been picking a national high school coach of the year since 1970. Walker is the third from Pennsylvania to win the award. The others were Mike Pettine of Central Bucks West in 1998 and George Curry of Berwick in 1992.
Walker guided North Allegheny to a 16-0 record this season and the Tigers won WPIAL and PIAA Class AAAA championships. North Allegheny was the first WPIAL team to win three consecutive Class AAAA championships, and the Tigers won a PIAA title for the second time in three seasons.