Volleyball - Fred Rakers
Mater Dei High School, Breese, Illinois
The only volleyball coach Mater Dei has ever had, Rakers, 65, brought a sterling 35-year coaching career to an end last fall.
Knights compiled a 41-1 record, and sent him out a winner.
Ranked No. 26 nationally by PrepVolleyball.com, Mater Dei's 15-25, 25-18, 26-24 victory over Joliet Catholic Academy in the 3A state final gave Rakers his sixth state title.
With a career record of 1,046-200-7, Rakers stands No. 2 on the all-time victory list among Illinois coaches.
In addition to his
six state titles - the Knights previously won championships in 1987, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 2001 - Rakers'
teams have won 14 state trophies, having finished second once, third four times and fourth three times in 20 state tournament appearances.
also won four district titles, 24 regional championships, 21 sectional titles and 20 super-sectional championships.
Rakers will continue to teach consumer education and career guidance at Mater Dei.