For five years we have been lucky to have Rosie (and Jerry) Honl attend coaching clinics with us in both Washington and Malibu. She has done a wonderful job with her teams, but this year was a special year for her, her players, and the school. She was kind enough to send us a short summary of the season:
“This past year in May of 2009 the school district announced all sports would be cut. The volleyball team got together and started their goal to tie the state record of four state championships in a row. Five players moved away to different schools for different reasons; parents lost their job, all electives were taken away with a 29-member reduction in staff. Two twins that left played in the championship game in Idaho where they moved.
With 8 players on varsity we worked all summer turning in over 60,000 cans by hand, BBQ’s, dances, car washes, and many other little fundraisers. We made it and then took on the task of taking our 4th state championship in a row. The team consisted of 2 starting seniors, 1 junior, 3 sophomores and 2 starting freshmen. We went to all the big tourneys and beat every top team in the state except the top two teams in the 6A championship. We were outsized and outnumbered playing in all their playoff games but ended up in the championship game facing #1 ranked team Summit with a front line that didn’t have a player below 5’11. We dropped the first game before our small (tallest player at 5’10 freshman) team came back with three wins in a row to take our fourth state championship in 5A. Their school population numbers have dropped so that next year we will be 4A.
This team runs the GMS ideology to the ultimate and I as their coach have gone to the GMS Coaching Clinic for 5 years in a row…each year picking up something I didn’t take home the other times. I am a work in progress, as are my athletes, but we are indebted to Carl, Chris and Jim for years of support. This year I called Jim before a big match to ask him a question about a tough jump-server we were going to face. He was in California playing Stanford. He took time to call me back and answer my question….we followed his suggestions and won again!”
Congrats again to Rosie and the Cowgirls – we are so proud of her and her team, and humbled to be a part of their program.