McKINNEY — A pair of coaches who have transformed their schools’ volleyball programs were recently named the 2013-14 Coaches of the Year by the McKinney Independent School District. Kellie Janzen of Dowell Middle School and McKinney High School’s Jessica Camp were honored at ceremonies at their respective campuses last week.
In just her second year at Dowell, Janzen directed her volleyball team to an undefeated season and a district championship. An assistant coach in 2012, Janzen quickly made an impact on the campus – both on the court and in the classroom. “Kellie Janzen has an amazing ability to captivate her athletes,” said Juli Krepps, girls athletic coordinator at Dowell. “She is a natural leader and is not afraid to share her ideas and back them up with implementation.”
Krepps also noted that Janzen, who teaches Target Math, helped implement a new design for practices, including single-skill days and a revamped try-out program. “Dowell Middle School found a gem when we hired her,” she added. “She connects with her students on a daily basis.”
Also in just her second year, Camp was recognized for her leadership in taking McKinney High School deep into the Class 5A volleyball playoffs in 2013. The state volleyball playoff appearance was the first for the Lionettes in 17 seasons.
“Her team finished fourth in the district race and had to beat Plano West for a third-straight time to snag a playoff spot,” said Jeff Smith, campus athletic coordinator at MHS. “The future is bright for her and our volleyball program, and I feel that she has accomplished this through a great offseason, organization, high expectations and a positive approach.”
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One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at mckinneyisd.net.