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Standout volleyball coaches who get little acclaim

Just doing their jobs — really well

Countryside's Kaylyn Bayly may be one of the most unsung coaches in Tampa Bay, but she's not alone. Here's a look at a few other volleyball coaches who don't get their proper props:

Heidi Castelamare, River Ridge: Tucked away in New Port Richey, the personable Castelamare is excellent at what she does. She wins with senior-laden teams, or squads filled with sophomores. The only coach River Ridge has ever had, she has taken the team to the postseason 12 of the past 13 years, and only once have the Knights, who made the final four in 1996, been knocked out in the first round.

Melanie Humenansky, Bayshore: In the shadow of mighty Plant, Humenansky has quietly won four Class A state championships and made the postseason 11 straight times. And she does this after losing her top players to other schools on a yearly basis.

Sean O'Flannery, Lakewood: Hasn't had any high-profile jobs yet, but he's a winner. He turned Northeast into a south county power and when he left, the program faded. Between coaching the Vikings and now Lakewood, he has made the PCAC final nine of the past 10 years and is trying to make it eight straight years in the playoffs.

Linda McQuade, Hudson: McQuade's defense-first attitude has yielded a number of great teams that no one has ever heard of. But the record is awfully impressive, from final four appearances in 1997, 2000 and 2003 to a runnerup finish in 2000.

Terry Small, East Lake: Has guided the Eagles to two final four appearances and one state runnerup finish, and his team is always a district favorite.

John C. Cotey, Times columnist

Standout volleyball coaches who get little acclaim 10/27/08 [Last modified: Friday, October 31, 2008 6:10pm]
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