Head Coach, St. John Fisher College
NCAA Division III
In just her third season as head coach at St. John Fisher College, two as head coach and one as interim head coach, Kelly Greapentrog led her Cardinals to a 23-13 record this season, a nine-win improvement over 2007's 14-16 record.
According to Bouaketh Chanthavisouk, assistant coach at Rochester Institute of Technology and the person who nominated Greapentrog for this award, the young coach has all the qualities to become a successful leader.
"Kelly continues to raise the level of skill at Fisher though conditioning and consistent training," she said. "She has taken a middle of the road team to new heights... She conducts herself in professional a positive manner and puts the student-athlete first. She is a great role model for athletes and young coaches."
Getting into coaching was an easy choice for Greapentrog. "As long as I can remember, I've always been involved in coaching," she said. "My father was my coach at an early age and we would talk strategy at the kitchen table. I saw how much he loved coaching and I fell in love with coaching, too."
Greapentrog is not only interested in her athletes' successes on the court, but in the classroom as well, and is very proud that her team received its second straight AVCA Team Academic Award this past season.
"My career goal is to build a program that is academically strong, competes for a national championship and helps young women believe in themselves, have fun and enjoys every minute of it," she said.