Derrick Webb, Staff Writer
CHILLICOTHE — One of the area’s legendary volleyball coaches will be receiving a legendary honor soon.
Southeastern’s Lori Koker will be inducted into the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the organization announced on Tuesday.
“Her commitment to her players and the game of volleyball have earned her our highest recognition,” Awards Coordinator Allen Perry said in a media release.
Koker has coached at Westfall, Zane Trace and Southeastern. And in each location, success has followed her.
Currently in her 22nd season, Koker has compiled an overall record of 388-168 — including a 23-19 mark at Southeastern.
“I thank my family for all the sacrifices they’ve made for supporting me and none of this would be possible if I didn’t have my husband [Allen] by my side, who has constantly helped me on and off the court,” Koker said. “Those are memories I cherish.”
During that time, Koker has led her teams to three conference titles, 18 sectional championships, 12 district crowns and three regional banners — 2003, 2004 and 2005 at Westfall.
Alongside those accomplishments, Koker has been named the SVC Coach of the Year three times, the District 14 Coach of the Year on five occasions and was inducted into Westfall’s Hall of Fame in 2017.
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“It’s an honor and I’m so grateful and thankful.
This wouldn’t be possible without my players. I have truly been blessed with not only athletic, skilled players, but phenomenal young ladies,” Koker said. “The administrators and communities have been part of my success and I appreciate them as well.”
This fall, Koker’s Panthers are 11-8 overall and have earned the No. 9 seed in the Southeast District Tournament.