Southeast coach John Harder qualifies for final round, leads all in votes for national coach of the year w/video

adell@bradenton.comMarch 4, 2014 

— John Harder is on a roll. Make that a big one.

The Southeast High girls basketball coach is dominating his competition more than his girls did in coasting to their state championship a few weeks ago.

Harder has advanced to the final round of the USA TODAY best high school girls basketball coach in the country contest.

He swept his region competition by garnering 195,199 votes, which accounted for 51.4 percent of all votes. His closest competitor in the region was Tim Miller of Alabama Hazel Green, who received 126,500 votes.

Harder moves on to the national round, which will consist of eight regional winners and two wild cards. The regional field consisted of 53 coaches.

Participants are allowed to vote multiple times, which makes this a battle of attrition with Harder holding up very well.

Harder received the most votes of all the remaining participants, which says a lot about the loyalty fans feel towards the man who just completed his 30th season.

Voting in the national round begins Wednesday and will continue until March 12th.

Anyone wishing to cast a vote or multiple votes for Harder can just go the USA TODAY website.

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