Christine Scheibe named Coach of the Year


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Joliet Catholic Academy’s Christine Scheibe has been named Coach of the Year by the Daily SouthtownStar for the second time in her tenure.

Scheibe guided the girls volleyball team to the Final Four for the seventh time in the past 12 years. The Angels were 9-12 at the midway point of the regular season, but then went 16-4 down the stretch and won seven straight before dropping a hard-fought 25-18, 25-23 decision to Wheaton St. Francis in the Class 3A state championship match.

In 15 years at JCA, Scheibe has compiled a 463-124-9 career record, including 14 consecutive regional titles and 14 straight seasons of 23 wins or more. Her teams have won eight sectional titles in the past 12 years and have reached the 30-win plateau on nine occasions.

After winning the school’s first state title in any girls sport in 2003 with a first-place finish in Class AA, her Angels placed fourth in 2005 and third in 2006. The Angels won back-to-back Class 3A state titles in 2008 and 2009 and reached the 3A state championship match again in 2010.

Scheibe’s best records are 41-1 in 2009, 39-2-1 in 2003, 39-3 in 2008, 37-6 in 2006, 36-7 in 2005, 34-6 in 2007, 34-8 in 2010 and 32-7 in both 2011 and 2012. In all, her teams have won three state titles with two state runners-up, a third and a fourth.

When asked about her coaching philosophy, Scheibe told SouthtownStar reporter Tony Baranek, “I want to make the kids feel like they’re part of something special.”

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