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Kinston's Quinerly Finishes 2nd In Coach Of The Year Voting

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Two men who led their teams to undefeated seasons and Class 4-A championships are The Associated Press prep basketball coaches of the year in North Carolina.

Ty Baumgardner of Charlotte Olympic won the 2012-13 men's award Thursday and Chris East of Raleigh Millbrook earned the women's award.

Baumgardner received 15 of a possible 22 votes from sports writers across the state. Newton Foard's Rob Bliss was second with four votes after turning around a program that was 5-41 before his arrival two seasons ago, while first-year coach Perry Tyndall of 2-A champ Kinston was the only other coach listed on multiple ballots.

On the women's side, East had 10 votes to five for Kinston's Hubert Quinerly, a second-year coach whose team won a 2-A title in its first finals appearance.

Two former AP women's coach winners, Kernersville McGuinness' Brian Robinson and Charlotte Harding's Anthony Jones, also received multiple votes. McGuinness, the 2010 winner, had three votes after winning a record eighth-straight 1-A title. Jones, last year's winner, had two votes after leading his team to a second straight 3-A crown.

Baumgardner led Olympic to a 30-0 record, the first team from Mecklenburg County to go undefeated since West Charlotte did it in 1986.

He guided the Trojans to their first state championship in a major sport in 47 years. Olympic beat Raleigh Broughton in the final and was ranked as high as No. 4 in national polls.

"It didn't hit me until about a week later when we got back to school and it affected not just our school community but our community, period, around Olympic," Baumgardner said. "I had people coming up to me that graduated from Olympic in the 1970s, `Thank you so much," saying how much this means. ... It just verified how emotional it was right there when (winning the title) finally did happen."

Baumgardner said it was "like a dream team and a dream season" because of his players' unselfishness. Six players averaged double figures and Akron recruit B.J. Gladden willingly came off the bench.

That balance was "proof right there of how they shared the basketball, how none of them cared who shot, who scored," Baumgardner said. "They were all about one purpose, one goal, and that was winning."

East led Millbrook to a 33-0 finish and its second straight 4-A title by beating Greensboro Page 62-56 last month for the title.

"This year, maybe with all the expectations, it was a different kind of tough, if that makes sense," East said.

Eight Millbrook players will play college ball, including Syracuse-bound Briana and Bria Day, and Wake Forest-bound Mykia Jones.

"Because of our height (and) our speed, we can put a really big team on the floor (or) I could put a really small team on the floor. It was really a great luxury to have," East said. "We asked them to sacrifice minutes and shots, and kind of approached it as a team-first situation because any one of those kids could have gone to a different school."

The AP will name its players of the year Friday.


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