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The Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association recently honored Trimble County Lady Raiders Coach Ruth Staples as the Eighth Region Coach of the Year.
Staples and the coaches of the year from the other 15 regions around the state were recognized by Butch Cope, KHSAA Volleyball Commissioner, and the KVCA Coaches Association President, during the 2012 KHSAA State Tournament at Valley High School in Louisville, in ceremonies directly preceding the State Championship match last month.
This is the first time Staples, who has been the head coach of Trimble’s volleyball program since its inception in 2002, has received the award.
“I am quite honored to be recognized by my fellow coaches,” Staples said in an email Friday. “I found out when I received an email from Frank Ragland, our Athletic Director, congratulating me and then I received an email from the Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association congratulating me.”
The Lady Raiders recently completed their second consecutive season of outstanding success. Trimble ran through their North Central Kentucky Conference schedule without a defeat and won the Eighth Region All A Classic for the second year in a row en route to a 21-8 season record.
Trimble’s only losses were in competition against their three 29th District opponents and in the All A Classic Sweet Sixteen.
“We had a fantastic season with our only losses this year being to the Oldham County Schools,” Staples said. “North Oldham, who beat us twice, ended up in the final four in the State Tournament. They lost to Mercy in 5 games, so they were very close to being in the State Final match with Assumption High School. We lost our Class A State Tournament games, which were against region winners and very competitive teams.”
Those losses included outings with Caldwell County, who has the Region 2 player of the year, and Allen Central, who has both the Region 15 player and coach of the year.
A year ago Trimble wrapped up a record 22-9 season, also highlighted by a conference title and the championship in the Eighth Region All A Classic.
“We have had 2 consecutive great seasons, and I have to attest excellent hard working athletes, and team cohesion to our success,” Staples said. “Our team was on a mission to show that we could win two years in a row, and we all worked very hard to be that successful!”
Winning the Class A Eighth Region tournament two consecutive seasons, and being undefeated in the NCKC two consecutive seasons, must have caught the attention of our 8th Region Coaches, Staples said.
“I feel this award is a reflection on our players and our assistant coaches, too,” she said. “It takes more than me as the coach to be successful, it takes great players and teamwork.”
With the Lady Raiders graduating only one player from this year’s team the future continues to look very bright for Trimble County High School volleyball.