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Honl, Struck recognized by Oregon Coaches Association

Honl named Class 4A Volleyball Coach of the Year while Struck is one of just two assistant coaches of the year for all of Oregon


Rosie Honl and Kristy Struck have been coaching volleyball together for years.

The duo has directed the Crook County High School volleyball program during a period of unprecedented success, including eight-consecutive state championships.

Now, both coaches have been recognized by the Oregon Coaches Association. Honl has once again received the Class 4A Coach of the Year award, an award she has already earned multiple times. Crook County Head Volleyball Coach Rosie Honl points and yells instructions during the 2013 state volleyball championships, while Assistant coach Kristy Struck calmly keeps stats. The Cowgirls went on to win their eighth consecutive state championship. Honl was recently named Class 4A volleyball coach of the year by the Oregon Coaches association while Struck was one of two assistant coaches froll all classicications and sports honored as assistant coach of the year.

“What can you say about Rosie?” asked Crook County Athletic Director Rob Bonner. “She’s got a system in place with proven results. Programs from all over the state and nation are looking at Crook County volleyball and it’s because of Rosie and the staff she’s put together. If anyone deserves coach of the year honors, it’s that lady for all of the dedication that she shows year-round.”

Meanwhile, the OCA?has named Struck one of just two assistant coaches of the year for the entire state, regardless of sport or school classification.

“It’s just fantastic,” Honl said of Struck’s recognition. “She’s the brains behind the program. She’s just bright and the kids love her.”

Neither Honl nor Struck seek the limelight and both coaches would prefer to not get the attention that the awards bring.

“I’ve had it enough,” Honl said. “Give the award to someone else.”

“Can’t we just not do a story about it,” Struck said, about her award.

Still, the Crook County High School volleyball program would not be where it is now without the hard work of both coaches. The team finished last year with a 26-5 record. However, that doesn’t begin to tell the entire story about the team’s season. When you include pool play in tournaments the team was 38-5 with all five losses coming to teams which earned trophies at the Class 6A state championships. The team finished the year ranked 188th in the nation while senior Hannah Troutman was named Oregon Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year and Maxprepsports Medium School National Player of the Year.

“It’s really hard to separate Rosie and Kristy,” Bonner said. “It’s the program as a whole, but it’s because of the individuals. Kristy is unbelievable. She’s a workhorse. Rosie has always said so and has always given Kristy a great deal of recognition. In my opinion, Kristy is where she is because of the support given by Rosie and vice versus. We are just blessed to have such a great coaching staff.”

Honl, a grandmother, teaches physical education at Crook County High School. She has won at least six coach of the year awards. Her husband Jerry is also involved in the volleyball program, working as the JV coach.

The exact number of coach of the year awards that Honl has won is uncertain as she says she has lost count. On the other hand, this is just the first award for Struck, a cabinet maker and mother of one.

“I forget things,” Honl said. “I’m getting old. It’s nice to have that young mind in there and all of the coaching staff. One coach does not make a great team. It takes a staff.”

Honl added that she is so confident in Struck’s ability that for the last two seasons she has left Struck in charge of the team the week prior to the state tournament while she attends the national AAU convention.

“Never before in my life have I been able to leave a team,” Honl said. “And she’s had them already. She’s been unbelievable. She does my lineups and everything.”

Struck is just as quick to credit Honl with any recognition that she has received.

“I feel really blessed to have someone like Rosie write the letter telling the OCA that I’ve done such a great job,”?she said. “The fact that she credits me for her success is amazing. She's very kind and generous.”

Honl and Struck received their awards last Saturday at the Oregon Coaches Association annual banquet in Eugene. Rather than rest on their laurels, both coaches are already working on next year.

The pair were at practice Thursday night preparing a team to compete in a tournament in Los Angeles later this spring, and are already talking about what they need to do to have a chance to win another state championship next year.

“Man, we’ve got our work cut out for us,” Honl said. “But I think we can find a way to do it.”



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