(Some two years in the making, or at least it took almost that long for the KVA to post on their website the "Programs for the Year" for Kansas State volleyball. So - its better late than never to give these gals and their coaches credit.)
The Kansas Volleyball association recently announced that the 43-2 St. John-Hudson Tigers and their head coach Trish Wade have been awarded the 2011-2012 1A Volleyball Program of the year. In doing so the Lady Tigers had to defeat perrenial power, the Centralia Panthers in the championship final - and so they did 25-21, 23-25, 25-12. This was the second State Championship in a row for the Tigers who earlier captured the 2010-2011 championship.
Criteria for "Program of the Year" follows seven steps: 1.)current year record and finish, 2.)repetitive success, 3.)improvement of existing program, 4.)junior varsity/underclassmen success, 5.)professional development, 6.)contributions to the improvement of volleyball and 7.)personal coaching improvement.
A school/or program is ineligible for a period of four years after being named "Program of the year".
A team from each of the six classes from 1A-6A is selected each year.
This is the first time that St. John-Hudson has been selected for this honor.