Torrey Pines High School - Encinitas, California
Trupe is an outstanding example for successful high school volleyball
coaches," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "They place a high
value on the teamwork skills players learn for success in the classroom
and on the field, and we are proud to be honoring him." Trupe
helped make Torrey Pines High one of the volleyball powerhouses of
southern California during the decade of the 1990s. Last year's team won
its second consecutive San Diego Section title (volleyball is contested
only to the section level in California). It was Torrey Pines' eighth
section title of the decade, having won six in succession from 1990-95.
Marysville High School - Marysville, Michigan
has led Marysville High to five consecutive Class B state
championships, all in straight games, along with a second-place finish
in 1993. In 17 years as head coach, his teams have compiled a record of
742-64-32, including a 60-1 record this season. From 1996 through 2000,
his teams assembled a 192-match winning streak, twice as long as the
second-longest streak in the Michigan record book.
Amarillo High School Amarillo, Texas
led Amarillo High to a 38-2 record and the Class 5A state title this
year, 16-14, 15-9 over Houston Stratford High. She has led Amarillo High
to four state titles, the most ever by any Class 5A school in a state
rich in volleyball tradition. Under Barker's direction, the school also
won titles in 1988, 1994, and 1998, while adding a runner-up finish in
1997. In 15 years as head coach at Amarillo High, Barker's teams have a
record of 486-70. She also was selected as National High School
Volleyball Coach of the Year by StudentSports.com.
Ursuline Academy - Cincinnati, Ohio
Meyer has kept Ursuline Academy among the best teams in the state of
Ohio for several years and this time was rewarded with a state
championship," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is
proud to honor Coach Meyer as the NHSCA Coach of the Year."
Meyer coached the Lions of Ursuline Academy to their third state
championship in school history and the first since 1993 this past
season. The state championship match against rival Cincinnati St. Ursula
was a rematch of the 2001 title game won by St. Ursula, and the 2002
match was a classic. After losing to St. Ursula two more times since
last year's finale, the Lions won a grueling come-from-behind 1-hour,
36-minute match by a score of 11-15, 15-8, 15-13.
Wimberley High School - Wimberley, Texas
volleyball, NHSCA honoree Lee Grisham of Wimberley High has now led his
teams to four state titles in the past five years, including the last
three in a row in Texas' Class 3A division. This season Grisham's squad
was ranked the best in the state regardless of division and one of the
tops in the nation.
St. Joseph's Academy - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
22 years as a head coach, the last 11 at St. Joseph's Academy, LeBlanc
has compiled a career record of 721-171 and her teams won a combined 12
state titles. St. Joseph's Academy has won the last four Class 5A
titles, something no Division I school has ever done, and also won the
1998 title and finished second in 1999. Before coming to St. Joseph's
Academy, LeBlanc directed Episcopal School of Acadiana to seven
consecutive Division V Class B titles in 11 years. The National
Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) named her its Coach
of the Year in 2004.
Cardinal Gibbons High School - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
38 years as a head coach, Crocco built Cardinal Gibbons into a Florida
volleyball powerhouse. She has led Cardinal Gibbons to 17 state titles,
and her teams sported state title streaks of four, six and five
straight. This year's team was 28-2 and advanced to the Class 4A state
quarterfinals, giving her a career record of 1,074-119- a winning
percentage of more than 90 per cent- and more than 100 of her players
have earned college scholarships. Also the school's athletic director,
Crocco has been named Coach of the Year by the Florida Athletic Coaches
Association (FACA) 18 times. She was inducted into the Florida High
School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1998, and in 2005 became the
first woman to be inducted into the FACA Hall of Fame. The National
High School Athletic Coaches Association named her its National Coach of
the Year in 1988.
Burris Laboratory School - Muncie, Indiana
whose father, Don, won 769 matches in 34 years as coach at Ball State
University, has elevated the family tradition at the high school level.
Steve Shondell just completed his 31st year at Burris and has won 18
state team titles, a total only two other schools in the nation have
exceeded. His coaching record of 1,070-88 - a winning percentage of 92.5
per cent - places him seventh on the all-time victory list nationally.
Shondell led Burris to its first state title in 1982, the first of eight
state championships in the open era. Since Indiana established class
sports in 1997, Burris has won every Class 2A state title, including its
10th in a row this year while posting a 35-5 record. From 1989 through
1992, the Golden Owls lost just one match, and finished three seasons
ranked No. 1 nationally.
St. Francis High School - Wheaton, Illinois
who just completed her 33rd season, is Illinois' all-time leading
winner with a career record of 961-219-2. She has led the Spartans to
eight state titles, including four in a five-year span this decade
(2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006), and her 2007 team posted a 38-4 record and
was the Class 3A state runnerup. Kopec's teams have finished second in
state twice, third three times and fourth once, for a total of 14 state
trophies. Her teams have won 25 regional titles, and none of her last 22
teams have posted fewer than 32 victories, including three 40-win
seasons. Over 200 of her players have earned college scholarships. A
member of the Illinois Girls Coaches Association and the National High
School Athletic Coaches Association Halls of Fame, Kopec was named
National Co-Coach of the Year by PrepVolleyball.com in 2006.
West Henderson High School - Hendersonville, North Carolina
started the school's volleyball program in 1975. This year, she led a
Falcons team with just one senior on the roster to a 26-0 record, losing
just three sets all season, and her fifth Class 2A state championship.
During the season, she became the state's all-time winningest coach, and
her career record is 671-114 She has led the Falcons to eight
title-match appearances, and previously won state titles in 1989, 1990,
2003 and 2004. Stanley, who was named co-National Coach of the Year this
year by PrepVolleyball.com, actually owns state titles in two sports,
having coached the Falcons to more than 250 victories overall and the
1991 girls basketball state championship, and also has coached track and
field, tennis and softball at the school. Stanley was inducted into the
North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
Darien High School - Darien, Connecticut
has built a volleyball powerhouse at Darien. This year, she led the
Blue Wave to its second 25-0 season in the past three years. Not only
did Darien go 25-0 in both seasons, but the Blue Wave didn’t lose a
single set in either season. Since taking over in 1982, her teams have
compiled a record of 536-79, with 11 unbeaten seasons. Since 1993, her
teams are an astounding 412-10, with six of the losses coming in the
2000 season; once owned a 139-match winning streak; and is riding a
current 49-match winning streak dating back to 2008. LaRusso has guided
Darien to 19 Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference titles
and 15 Class L state titles, and in both, her teams will enter next
season as the 11-time defending champions. She was named National Coach
of the Year by PrepVolleyball.com in 2007, the first coach from an East
Coast school to receive the honor, and the Connecticut Sports Writers
Association named her the Doc McInerney Female Coach of the Year in
2009. She was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches
Association Hall of Fame in 2007.
Mater Dei High School - Breese, Illinois
only volleyball coach Mater Dei has ever had, Rakers, 65, brought a
sterling 35-year coaching career to an end last fall. His Knights
compiled a 41-1 record, and sent him out a winner. Ranked No. 26
nationally by PrepVolleyball.com, Mater Dei’s 15-25, 25-18, 26-24
victory over Joliet Catholic Academy in the 3A state final gave Rakers
his sixth state title. With a career record of 1,046-200-7, Rakers
stands No. 2 on the all-time victory list among Illinois coaches. The
only coach with more victories, Peg Kopec of Wheaton St. Francis High
School, was the NHSCA’s National Coach of the Year in 2008. In addition
to his six state titles – the Knights previously won championships in
1987, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 2001 – Rakers' teams have won 14 state
trophies, having finished second once, third four times and fourth three
times in 20 state tournament appearances. He also won four district
titles, 24 regional championships, 21 sectional titles and 20
super-sectional championships. Rakers will continue to teach consumer
education and career guidance at Mater Dei. His son, Chad, an assistant
coach the past four seasons, will succeed him as head coach.
Barnstable High School - Hyannis, Massachusetts
graduate of Billerica Memorial High and Bridgewater State University,
Turco has served as the Adapted Physical Education Teacher for the
Barnstable Public Schools for 28 years. His first team at Barnstable, in
1988, went just 5-11. Not only was that Turco’s only losing season, but
his last 11 Red Raiders teams have a grand total of 12 losses. Last
fall, he guided Barnstable to a 23-0 record – the Red Raiders’ ninth
unbeaten season in his 24 years at the helm – as well as a second
consecutive Division 1 state title, their eighth in nine seasons and
14th overall under his direction. His teams have a record of 528-52, and
also have won 17 South Sectional championships. Barnstable won six
straight state titles from 2003-08, and from 2003-07, the Red Raiders
won 110 consecutive matches, a state record. From 1995-98, Barnstable
put together a 90-match winning streak and won four state titles in a
row. Turco was named National Co-Coach of the Year by the American
Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) in 2008 and was a finalist for
PrepVolleyball.com Coach of the Year honors in 2007. Turco has coached
three PrepVolleyball.com All-Americans, one AVCA All-American, seven
Massachusetts Gatorade Players of the Year and 42 Boston Globe/Herald
All-Scholastics selections. A five-time Boston Globe Division 1 Coach of
the Year, Turco was inducted into the Massachusetts Volleyball Coaches
Hall of Fame in 2004.
Delton Kellogg School - Delton, Michigan
saw Magelssen add to his national record for victories by leading
Delton Kellogg School to the Michigan Class B state semifinals.
Magelssen is America’s all-time winningest volleyball coach with 1,803
Portland Central Catholic High, Portland, Oregon
Rick Lorenz is a Oregon Hall of Fame coach who has spent 39-years as a high school volleyball head coach, the last 27 as the leader of the Portland Central Catholic girls’ team. During that time, Lorenz has won over 1,100 matches. This past season, PCC finished runner-up in Oregon’s 6A classification. Portland Central Catholic under Lorenz won three straight state titles from 2009 to 2011. Overall, Lorenz has won five state titles at PCC, plus another five at cross-town rival St. Mary’s Academy.
Lewis-Pamer High School, Monument, Colorado
Susan Odenbaugh led Lewis-Palmer to its second straight Colorado 4A state title during the 2014-15 season, plus her team was named national champions by MaxPreps. Odenbaugh, who has been the school’s head coach since 2002, guided her team to a 29-0 record in a season that saw the team only drop five sets. Lewis-Palmer has now won 35 straight matches and 46 of its last 47 matches. Coach Odenbaugh is the first coach from Colorado to be named NHSCA National Volleyball Coach of the Year.
Cathedral High School, Indianapolis, Indiana
Coach Kesterson, who owns 843 career victories, led Cathedral to Indiana’s 4A state title, plus was named the #1 team in the nation by MaxPreps. Cathedral finished a perfect 36-0, which marks the first-time that a 4A school had a perfect season in Indiana volleyball history. In the spring of 2015, Kesterson, who also teaches PE and Business at the school, underwent emergency open heart surgery to replace a heart valve and repair her aortic arch.