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Girls' Volleyball Coach of the Year
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Larry Trupe 
Torrey Pines High School - Encinitas, California

"Larry 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.



John Knuth
Marysville High School - Marysville, Michigan

Knuth 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.



Jan Barker
Amarillo High School Amarillo, Texas

Barker 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



Amie Meyer
Ursuline Academy - Cincinnati, Ohio

"Amie 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.



Lee Grisham
Wimberley High School - Wimberley, Texas

In 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.   



Brenda LeBlanc
St. Joseph's Academy - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

In 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. 



Louise Crocco
Cardinal Gibbons High School - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

In 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. 



Steve Shondell
Burris Laboratory School - Muncie, Indiana

Shondell, 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.   



Peg Kopec
St. Francis High School - Wheaton, Illinois

Kopec, 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 in 2006. 



Jan Stanley
West Henderson High School - Hendersonville, North Carolina

Stanley 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, 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.



Laurie LaRusso
Darien High School - Darien, Connecticut

LaRusso 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 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.



Fred Rakers
Mater Dei High School - Breese, Illinois

The 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, 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.



Tom Turco
Barnstable High School - Hyannis, Massachusetts

A 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 Coach of the Year honors in 2007. Turco has coached three 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.   



Jack Magelssen
Delton Kellogg School - Delton, Michigan

2012 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 victories.  



Rick Lorenz
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.



Susan Odenbaugh
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.



Jean Kesterson
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.



Ben Maxfield 
Corona del Sol High School - Temple, Arizona
Ben Maxfield, who’s been the head coach at Corona del Sol for more than a decade, led the school to Arizona’s Class 6A title for the 2016-17 school year, the school’s first since 1991.  The team finished 39-5 last season with USA TODAY ranking the school No. 5 in its Super 25 national rankings. During Maxfield’s reign as head coach, Corona del Sol has won one state title with two runner-up finishes, along with a 3rd place and 5th place finish. Coach Maxfield is the first coach from Arizona to win the NHSCA National Volleyball Coach of the Year. 


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