Lauren Cabalka named Coach of the Year

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Rob Reischel
Middleton's Lauren Cabalka was named Coach of the Year by the by the Wisconsin Swimming and Diving Coaches Association./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The most successful girls swimming and diving coach in the history of Middleton High School recently received one of the highest possible honors in her sport.

Lauren Cabalka, who has led Middleton to back-to-back WIAA Division 1 state championships, was selected by the Wisconsin Swimming and Diving Coaches Association as the recipient of the 2017-18 NFHS Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award for Wisconsin.

Annually, the NFHS identifies and recognizes a coach from each state for significant achievement in their sport. State level recipients are considered for NFHS Sectional recognition. National Coaches of the Year are then chosen from the sectional winners.

Award recipients are selected based upon a variety of criteria including their coaching record, background, coaching honors, and involvement in community and school organizations.

“I am both humbled and honored to be recognized as an NFHS Award recipient,” Cabalka said. “Coaching at Middleton High School is a dream and a privilege that I am grateful for every day.” 

Each year approximately 1,000 coaches are recognized at the state level, 168 coaches are recognized at the sectional level and 21 coaches are recognized at the national level.

Wisconsin coaches are members of Section 4, which represents the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Cabalka, now in her 11th season at Middleton, has led the Cardinals to eight straight Big Eight Conference championships. Middleton, currently the top ranked team in the state, is in position for a ninth straight conference title, as well.

Middleton is undefeated in conference duals since 2013 and has won seven sectional championships under Cabalka. In addition to the Cardinals’ two state championships under Cabalka, Middleton was second at state in 2015.

Cabalka, a former standout at MHS, was also the Wisconsin Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year in both 2016 and 2017.

“I have been incredibly lucky to have worked with some of the most amazing student-athletes and families as well as alongside some of the best coaches I have ever known,” Cabalka said. “This award represents everyone who has been a part of the last 10 years.”


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