Mike Dyer reports:
Lakota West girls’ volleyball coach Tracey Kornau says she is proud of every one of the players she’s coached over the years.
So in many ways, Kornau’s 400th career win Oct. 18 was a tribute to her teams from Seton, Lakota and Lakota West. Starting in 1997, Kornau served as the first head coach of the Lakota West program.
“I’ve had a lot of great kids walk through those gym doors,” Kornau said. “Coaches don’t win games. Players do. Every single kid who put on a uniform left a mark on our program and on me.”
Lakota West (14-10) defeated Mercy on Monday night in the Division I sectional final and will play Lakota East (18-6) at 4 p.m. Saturday in a district final at East.
Kornau, who lives in Liberty Township, won her milestone match Saturday as the Firebirds defeated Little Miami 3-1 in the sectional semifinal. Kornau had a career record of 400-192 after that match.
As a Seton student, Tracey (Thompson) was the setter for the Saints’ teams who were state runners-up in 1983 and champions in 1984. Thompson went on to play at West Virginia and was captain of the 1988 team.
She was named Seton head coach in 1990 and guided the Saints to a 22-5 record. She was later named the Lakota coach, and in 1994 went 26-1 and won the state title.
Kornau, a physical education teacher at Lakota West, was named the Firebirds coach in 1997 and has led the program to multiple Greater Miami Conference championships.