In nearly 30 years as a high school volleyball coach, Kathy Bresnahan won 671 matches.
According to Bresnahan, that number is a little inaccurate.
Not the win total — the impressive career win-loss record of the long-time West High coach is spot-on at 671-205.
What isn’t entirely exact is that those wins belong to Bresnahan, that’s not exactly how the long-time West High coach views it.
“It sounds clichéd, but that truly means to me that I was really blessed with great assistant coaches and great parents and kids,” Bresnahan said. “I had amazing assistant coaches. I had tremendous supportive parents and some great athletes, so I couldn’t have picked a better place to coach than West High.”
The head coach at West High from 1987-2000 and 2005-2013, Bresnahan will be inducted into the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame on Saturday in Carroll.
Bresnahan joins former Sioux City North and Hinton coach Linda Christensen and official Jenni Malsam of Sioux City as the 2015 inductees that will be honored as part of the Senior All Star Weekend in Carroll.
“This kind of award is a validation that your peers think you do an incredible job, and that truly is to me a testament to all the people around me,” Bresnahan said. “I had great athletes, and that helps. If you finish with 100 wins and 800 losses, this doesn’t happen.”
Bresnahan came to West High in 1987 after five seasons as the head coach at Benton, Wis.
In 24 seasons at West High, Bresnahan compiled a 584-184 record, leading the Women of Troy to the state tournament seven times and winning back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.
Bresnahan, who currently teaches health at West High, was Mississippi Valley Conference coach the year eight times and was named the state coach of the year in both title seasons.
“It was the just the relationships with the kids,” Bresnahan said. “There is no other career choice out there where you can create those kinds of bonds with kids, and that’s what I miss. You can have kids in class, but there is nothing like a team. And when it works, it’s just amazing.”
Bresnahan was named national coach of the year in 2011 by prepvolleyball.com after leading West High to the state title following the death of senior setter Caroline Found.
She was named the Children of Promise Coach of the Year in 2012.
“I can’t look back on it without thinking about 2011 and the way that season shaped all of us,” Bresnahan said. “2011 that was just the epitome of kids just pulling together for each other and a community, and it’s the relationships that I think back on.”
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