One of the purposes of the NDCA is to honor and recognize outstanding coaches in our profession. Read below to meet the nominees for High School Coach of the Year.
Tara Foglia, Smithtown West High School
Smithtown, New York
An esteemed brilliance in her field, Tara Foglia has truly accomplished it all and there is no sign of stopping this force. As a former Commack HS Varsity Cougarette, member of the Hofstra University Dance Team, and former NDA Head Instructor for 8 years, Tara has taken that knowledge and gone on to win 6 national championships as the prior coach at Commack HS. Currently, on her 13th year as the Head coach of the Smithtown West Whisperettes, she has brought them to victory in 7 national championships. After losing one of her beloved alumni in 2015, Tara began the Stephanie Belli Memorial Dance Team Festival and scholarship fund. The event has quickly become one of the biggest on Long Island and, to date, has raised over $50,000 in scholarships.
Shelli Vaughan, Notre Dame de Sion High School
Kansas City, Missouri
Shelli Vaughan is the founder of the Notre Dame de Sion Dance Team in KC, MO. As a headstrong and determined junior, I set out to establish a dance team and am proud of the legacy that I created. My 20-year dance team journey has far surpassed my dreams and expectations with consistent national rankings, national service awards, a decade of state championships and stronger ties to my alma mater than I ever could have imagined. Click here for full bio
Maureen Maquire, Seminole High School
Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida features the National Award Winning “Dazzlers” coached by Maureen Maguire and her daughter, Shannon. Maureen has spent thirty-five years as a professional educator and is the creator and the inspiration behind such a remarkable group.
She believes that over time, and with great effort, amazing things can happen. “Rome wasn’t built in a day” probably states it best. Maureen has been relentless building this team. The younger dancers now dream and prepare to become Dazzlers.
These girls know they are loved by their team members and the Maguires. Maureen is much more than a coach. She tells her dancers, “if all you have learned here is to dance then you’ve learned nothing at all.” These dancers do not forget these life lessons, and as men and women, they never forget the Maguires and what it means to be a Dazzler. Click her for full bio
Kim Hille, Tumwater High School
Kim Hille has been the head dance coach of The Tumwater High School Dance Team for the past 24 years. During this time, her varsity team has earned 32 State Championship titles. Tumwater competes nationally every other year, has made UDA finals seven times, and took the Kick National Championship in 2019 at Contest of Champions.
In 2009, Kim started two Tumwater Parks and Recreation Dance Teams for dancers in grades 2-8. The program brings dance to the Tumwater Community youth and provides many performance opportunities.
Kim continually works to fine-tune her program—focusing on the athlete to develop strong characters, outstanding leaders, and a tenacity not often found in today’s youth. Kim prides herself in building relationships among team members, and between herself and the athletes—a dance family. Kim hopes to leave a lasting impression on the athletes that graduate from her program. Click here for full bio
Jenny Matthews, St. Thomas More Catholic High School
Jenny Matthews is the coach for the 23-time National Championship Dance Team, the St Thomas More Sparklers, and the current title holders in Medium POM and JAZZ at UDA. She is an alumni of the team where she brought home 4 National Championship Titles, leading her team as Captain her senior year. Jenny went on to Louisiana State University where she was a member of the LSU Tiger Girls. Jenny served as Captain for 2 years bringing home a National Championship Title. In 2015 Jenny opened The Movement Dance Academy. Jenny’s teaching style is fun, energetic and positive. Her focus is on inspiring, supporting and encouraging others in a field that’s competitive in nature. This career has awarded her with not only the many trophies and titles but with the lasting friendship, admiration, and loyalty of her dancers. Click here for full bio
Jamie Jordan, Hendersonville High School
Coach Jamie Jordan credits her success to her coach at The University of Memphis, Cheri Ganong Robinson. Jamie shaped her program at Hendersonville High School very similar to the tough athletic style she had learned under Cheri. Jamie has been head coach for the HHS Golden Girls since 1999, and has won 17 TSSAA State titles. This is the most titles won by any dance team in TN and the only team to have won a title in 3 different divisions: Jazz, Hip Hop and Pom. On the national level, HHS has made many finalist appearances at the National Dance Team Championship. The team was crowned National Champions in 2004 and 2006. Most recently, the team has been in the top ten for the past 4 years, placing 4th in Medium Varsity Gameday this season.
@memphispom @hhs_goldengirls @ggjams @ganongcheryl Click here for full bio
Debbie Kishpaugh, Pendleton High School