LeBlanc named National Volleyball Coach of Year
...St. Joseph's volleyball coach Brenda LeBlanc has been named National Volleyball Coach of the Year. St. Joseph's Academy volleyball coach Brenda LeBlanc didn't expect it and never planned for it.
That's why the veteran coach was truly surprised to learn she
was selected as the National Volleyball Coach of the Year
by the National Federation of State High School Associations
The NFHS, the national governing body of most high school associations, including the Louisiana High School Athletic Association
, selects a national Coach of the Year
in all its sports.
National award winners are selected from a group of a sectional award winners that have already been announced.LeBlanc
, who has coached at St. Joseph's
since 1994, thought the letter informing her
of the honor was about the sectional honor she
was the sectional winner for the states of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
"First, I got the letter at the sectional award and that was great," LeBlanc
, a 22-year coaching veteran, has led the Redstickers to five state titles in Division I-Class 5A in the last seven seasons, including the last four in a row.
During the current four-year run, LeBlanc's St. Joseph's
teams finished 125-9, including a perfect 43-0 season in 2002.
Before coming to St. Joseph's
, the Lafayette native and former Tulane volleyball player, won seven straight state titles at Cade-based Episcopal School of Acadiana
continued what LeBlanc, eventually winning a national-record 16 straight state titles.
Through 22 seasons, LeBlanc
has a record 721-171 and a winning percentage of .888.
"When I was nominated at ESA
it was in the late 1980s and I knew awards like this are based on longevity," LeBlanc
Since the award was announced at the school and on the SJA Web site, LeBlanc
has been showered with cards and phone calls from former players.LeBlanc
said hearing from former players and sharing the award with SJA's current senior class has made the NFHS national honor sweeter.
"Being able to have this award while these seniors are still here on campus means so much," LeBlanc