Coach Recognition

Congratulations Jean LaClair

RED PRIDE FRIDAY: On November 8th, the SVSU Alumni Association will be recognizing outstanding alumni achievement at their annual Alumni Celebration. Today we wish to recognize and congratulate Jean LaClair as Distinguished Alumni Recipient for the College of Education.

Jean works for Bronson Community Schools as their assistant principal, athletic director and head volleyball coach. As a coach, her teams have advanced to the state championship six times claiming five championships. She has also has served on the MIVCA Executive Board for 22 years, serving as president for eight of those years. She is very involved with the MHSAA, serving on many committees and hosting state tournaments. Jean is also a 20-year member of Rotary International.

2019 Hall of Fame Class

Congrats to Jodi Manroe!

NHSACA Volleyball Coach of the Year!

Pontiac Notre Dame Preparatory School’s Ms. Betty Wroubel Named!

Connor Kuriwchak

St. Mary Catholic Central High School (MI)

Olivia Leson

Harper Creek High School (MI)

Toni Roberts

Gwinn High School (MI)

Victory Club

The AVCA Victory Club Awards for all AVCA member head coaches who have won 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800 or 900-plus volleyball matches. The awards are presented at the AVCA Victory Club Recognition Breakfast at the AVCA Annual Convention. The awards are presented to AVCA members for victories at their current level of coaching.  Each year MIVCA is proud to honor Coaches with the Victory Club Award.  This year Michelle DeGroote, John Christianson and Jodi Manore were present to receive their award in person.

John Christianson – Houghton High School
Jodi Manroe – Temperance Bedford High School
Michelle Degroote – Mattawan High School

The American Volleyball Coaches’ Association recognizes all AVCA member head coaches who reach milestone win totals during the season, and have made application for the award. Awards were presented to those coaches in attendance at the AVCA National Convention held in Minneapolis in December. The awards are for victories at a coach’s current level of coaching and are sent to those coaches unable to attend the convention. Presented with a plaque at this year’s convention were Michelle DeGroote (Mattawan HS) who reached the 400 win mark this past season, John Christianson (Houghton HS) who surpassed the 700 win mark and Jodi Manore (Bedford HS) who surpassed  2,000 wins in 34 seasons at Bedford.

 

Tiffanie Gates (Grand Rapids Christian High School – Grand Rapids, MI)

The team this year is one of the most competitive and well-rounded teams she has ever coached. They don’t have many holes in their game and that has been what has made them successful. These girls work hard and compete every day in practice, and it transfers over to the matches. They hold each other accountable and push one another to be great.

Harper Creek Coach Terra King Named 40 Under 40

The National High School Athletic Coaches Association and Michigan High School Coaches Association have honored Terra King, who is the Varsity Coach at Harper Creek in Battle Creek, with the National 40 under 40 Award.  Coach King is well-known for her love and passion towards the game, but also for her commitment to her players, her school, and her community.  Coach King has worked hard to provide volleyball opportunities to all kids starting as young as age 3.  She also continues to mentor alumni and encourages them to come back and work within her program.  During her 13 years as head coach, she led her team to back-to-back Final Four appearances, which was the first time in school history.

Bronson Coach Jean LaClair Inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association

Bronson Volleyball Coach Jean LaClair was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association (MHSCA) on Sunday, September 16. Jean has coached volleyball for 26 years and has over 1000 victories. She has led her team to 12 League Championships, 15 District Titles, 7 Regional Titles, 1 State Runner-up and 3 State Championships. Jean has been a MIVCA Board member for 18 years and is a member of the MIVCA Hall of Fame.This past summer she was a finalist for the National HS Coaches Association “Coach of the Year.” She has also served as an Athletic Director for 22 years and has received numerous other awards in her volleyball coaching career. Congratulations Jean!

Novi Coach Jen Cottrill Named Coach of the Year

Accolades continue to pour in for the Novi High volleyball program as Jennifer Cottrill has been named Coach of the Year by the Michigan High School Coaches Association.  In her sixth season, Cottrill has guided the Wildcats to back-to-back Class A state championships while amassing an incredible .881 winning percentage (235-31-2). Her 2014 team was also Class A runner-up.  “Jen Cottrill is an outstanding coach who has elevated the Novi volleyball program to the highest level possible,” Novi athletic director Brian Gordon said. “She serves as a tremendous role model for young ladies, and her work ethic and her attention to detail, is simply second to none.”