Merritt Island High volleyball head coach Angie Patrick has led her players on the path to success during her tenure.
Her teams of the past and present were able to repay the favor this season, culminating in 200 career coaching wins for the decade-long Mustangs’ leader.
“You think about a career — the longevity of it — and the past teams and girls that have contributed to all of those wins. It’s been a great 10 years,” Patrick said.
In fact, she has been so caught up with the team’s success and defending the Class 5A state title that she forgot to celebrate her personal accomplishment, the 200th victory on Sept. 15 against Jensen Beach.
“I didn’t even realize it until after it happened,” Patrick said. “It was a fantastic win. We won 25-23 (in the final set, tied 1-1) against our state rival Jensen Beach. It was an awesome win, but I didn’t know (my 200th win) was going to be that one.”
Now at 207 wins and counting, consistency has been a staple of Patrick’s program. Although last year’s squad became the first to win the state crown in school history, the Mustangs consistently have been a premier team in the county and state, with an average of more than 20 wins per season the past 10 years.
Last year, it all came together for them with the school’s first state championship being the pinnacle of their hard work. The Mustangs got hot at the right time, which Patrick credits to competition faced in the Premier Division of the Dig Pink Tournament in Orlando.
“Last year (in the Dig Pink Tournament), we definitely had a tough battle. Even though we dropped some games, we still got better as a team.
“It’s good timing to have it at this point.”
Merritt Island hopes for more of the same carryover from this weekend, when the Mustangs travel to Orlando. Merritt Island will carry an “X” on its backs heading into the Dig Pink Tournament, which begins Friday.
“We know it’s there. We know every team is going to give us their best effort. A lot of teams are pumped up to play us,” Patrick said. “Our goal has been the same. We want to get better from great competition and we’re hoping to take our game to the next level.”
The “next level” could result in Patrick’s name all over the Merritt Island volleyball record books.