Trojans’ Krause earns AVCA recognition
The accolades and honors kept coming in this season for the Parkland girls volleyball team. A few weeks after the 2018 campaign ended for the District 11 Class 4A champion Trojans, head coach Mike Krause one of four coaches in the region, and one of 40 overall throughout the country, as a coach of the year, voted on by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
A total of 10 regions represent the 50 states, with each region naming four honorees for a total of 40 coaches awarded. Parkland is in Region 2, and Krause earned the honor in the region along with coaches from Flint Hill (VA), Princess Anne (VA) and Immaculate Heart Academy (NJ).
“It is quite humbling to be recognized regionally among the states of Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia,” said Krause. “It is a reflection of real good assistants this year with Taylor [Krause], Jesse Krasley and Michael Lewis. It is also a reflection of our program, having great kids that work hard and come to practice every day to improve in their individual game so they are making contributions to improve the team.”
Parkland finished 34-8-3 overall, won the district title, and fell just one set-win shy of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship. The Trojans advanced all the way to the PIAA Class 4A final four before falling to runner-up Bishop Shanahan in the semifinals.
The AVCA had the following to say about Parkland this season: “They take pride in understanding what the opponents’ strengths are and what they need to do to challenge their strengths. They also like to strategize and are included in developing game plans by providing feedback on where they feel they can best defend and implement offensive strategies. When they develop a plan, the whole team enjoys practicing the game plan and modeling what they anticipate the opponents to do during the match. This motivates everyone to develop their skills to improve the team’s ability to compete.”
Even though it may highlight an individual in Krause as coach of the year, he knows that most of the credit goes to his student-athletes that compete every day on the court, while also the support around the school.
“We have had great support from the administration, athletic department and the staff at the high school,” he said. “I am happy to represent Parkland and all the former players that helped develop a tradition of strong work ethic and team pride.”