Rye volleyball coach Andrea Reiff will turn 25 on October 22, but don’t let her age fool you — she has the knowledge, and the genes, to turn the Garnets program around.
Daughter of Marshall Reiff, one of the area’s most decorated and respected former Section 1 basketball coaches, Andrea was a two-year captain and all-state honorable mention for Westlake in her volleyball playing days.
Now a Manhattan grad, Reiff took over the Rye program last season after a 1-16 season, and has already turned the Garnets into a winning team.
Last season, Reiff guided them to a 6-10 record, and has already eclipsed that mark this year, leading the Garnets to a 9-2 record, and a 9-1 mark in league play.
Showing she has changed the program throughout the ranks, the Garnets JV team is undefeated this season.
Playing in competitive Class B, Rye will have to deal with powerhouse teams such as Pelham, Hen Hud, Eastchester, and Ardsley when the Section 1 tournament rolls around at the end of the month.
One of Rye’s biggest in-league competitors is Keio, which is also under the guidance of a relatively new coach in Kim Martinez.
While not new to the sport itself, Martinez came to the Unicorns program last year after a stint as the assistant coach at Purchase College.
Keio is 7-2 this season. After starting last season at 7-0, the Unicorns finished 12-7 overall.
After playing in Class C last year, the Unicorns dropped down to Class D this year, where they will have to topple nine-time reigning section champion and last year’s state champ Haldane.
Class C includes Blind Brook, which departed in the first round of the Section 1 tournament last year, but is already off to a 10-2 start. The Trojans have already surpassed last season’s 9-10 mark.
Rockin’ Robin: Croton-Harmon coach Robin Cooke was inducted into the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday night at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester, along with Yankees World Series champion Bernie Williams.
Cooke, who coached the Tigers to back-to-back state championships in 1998 and 1999, is one of the most respected coaches in the section.
Perhaps one of her greatest accomplishments is her staggering win total. A member of the 500-win club (581), Cooke is now closing in on 600 wins.