Volleyball Coach of the Year: Becky Groves, Century
Volleyball Coach of the Year: Becky Groves, Century (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun / November 29, 2011)
When the junior varsity coach at Century quit just before the 2008 season, athletic director Randy Pentz knew just where to find a worthy replacement. That choice eventually led to the school's first state title in volleyball.
After just a year on the JV level, Groves was promoted to the varsity job, where she has compiled a 47-6 record in three years for the No. 3 Knights (18-1). The team improved each year under her leadership and almost had an undefeated season this year before dropping the final regular-season match to Williamsport.
Groves, who was an All-America lacrosse player at Towson High School, has taken Century to the state final in that sport only to lose. It was a bit of a surprise, she said, that she'd win her first state title in volleyball.
"It's kind of crazy," said Groves, whose team won the Class 2A title by defeating Fallston. "We had all this talent on the team, and we found a way to put it all together."
Volleyball has always been a family affair for Groves. Her father, Dave Trumbo, is the volleyball coach at Stevenson, and her brother Brian is the coach at Liberty, her alma mater.
Groves, who describes herself as extremely competitive, said coaching this team will always be a highlight for her.
"It was a roller-coaster ride that ended at its peak," she said. "It was just a thrilling ride."