Central Lakes College head women’s volleyball coach Jane Peterson will be inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Nov. 8.
She has accumulated the most wins among active coaches in the NJCAA.
Peterson, who surpassed 500 wins this season, will be the only 2012 recipient at the national tournament banquet at the Kahler Grand Hotel in Rochester. The Division III championship is played in Rochester, where three Peterson-coached Raider teams have won national titles and made nine appearances as region champion.
She was nominated by Ridgewater College coach Joe Sussenguth, whose teams have won national titles three of the last six years.
Peterson’s record at CLC is 507-226 through 22 seasons. She reached 500 wins Oct. 3, and was selected the 2007 American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year.
Her resume includes all-conference honors as a player in high school and college, along with most valuable player recognition from the East Coast Conference in 1985, capping a four-year Division I college career that began with a volleyball scholarship. In 2005, she was inducted into the College of William and Mary Athletics Hall of Fame.
Peterson has been NJCAA Division III Coach of the Year three times, MCAC state coach of the year four times, and region coach of the year nine times. She has coached 19 All-Americans and led six MCAC state championship teams.
“It all makes me feel old,” Peterson said in a news release. “It seems like those are things that old coaches achieve.
“I am not very good at history, but I remember national championships as big wins and a couple state championships that were big wins, or when we played really good teams and had to work hard against them to win, but I can’t remember my first win.”
Peterson believes she is at the peak of curiosity for her craft. The teaching and learning of skills and strategies, the psychology of sport, the way a brain learns and practices movement, group dynamics and communication skills – these are things she is curious about and anxious to learn and teach more about.
“I feel strange about going to Rochester without my team this year,” she said. “We had such a great season of improvement and for whatever reason didn’t play like we should have (in losing the region championship match to Northland).”
Her 2012 team had climbed to No. 4 in the national rankings after winning the MCAC Northern Division regular-season title. The Raiders finished 22-7. Every year she looks forward to fall and the beginning of another season. Every day she looks forward to going to practice, to try and create a “great” moment for someone.
Her love for the game began as a high school sophomore at La Jolla, Calif. The minute she went to her first volleyball practice she knew she loved the game, which has been an integral part of her life ever since. She said the game allowed her to feel “great” about herself and others.
That feeling, that incredible high, is what she continues to strive for daily. There have been many “great” moments, but most of her memories are about the relationships built with teammates and coaches at La Jolla High and William and Mary (Williamsburg, Va.) and players she coached at Wayland Academy (Beaver Dam, Wis.), St. Cloud State University, and CLC.
Memories of those people center on the fun that takes place on and off the volleyball court. To this day, Peterson still loves road trips.
“Nothing better than a long bus ride and some good laughs,” she said.