GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: York-Adams coach reaches 200-win milestone in less than 10 full years
- Delone Catholic girls' volleyball coach Jason Leppo has 200 career victories.
- In less than 10 full years, he's compiled a record of 200 wins and 26 losses.
- Leppo's Delone teams have won nine division titles, four league titles and one state title.
- Leppo's Squirettes have also won five District 3 championships.
Achieving coaching milestones can be quicker in some sports than others.
For instance, a major league manager can reach 100 career victories in a much shorter span than a coach in the NFL.
In high school volleyball, reaching milestone accomplishments for a coach is certainly difficult. With teams averaging around 22 matches per season, getting to 100 and 200 wins usually takes some time.
That’s what makes the milestone reached by Delone Catholic head coach Jason Leppo all the more remarkable.
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In just his 10th season at the helm for the Squirettes, Leppo secured his 200th career coaching triumph with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over previously unbeaten Littlestown on Thursday evening in a York-Adams Division III match in McSherrystown. The match scores were 22-25, 25-15, 25-15, 23-25, 15-7. Delone improved to 4-2, while Littlestown fell to 4-1.
“For me, in the moment, I don’t think this means quite a lot right now,” said Leppo, who led Delone to a PIAA Class 2-A state title back in 2013. “I’m sure that it might become more meaningful down the road.”
Getting there fast: While Leppo won’t apply too much meaning to his own milestones right now, he conceded that the accomplishment of the program, his fellow coaches and himself is remarkable in terms of speed.
“I do think that one thing that we can appreciate right now is just how quickly we got here,” Leppo said. “To be at or approaching 200 wins in 10 years is a heck of a run. It’s pretty hard to get 20 wins a year compared to other sports.”
Part of the reason Leppo was able to get to 200 wins so quickly is due directly to the program’s success, which includes three appearances in the PIAA finals. With Thursday’s victory, Leppo’s career coaching record stands at 200 wins against just 26 losses. His team's have won at least a share of nine consecutive Division III crowns and have also captured five District 3 championships and four league tournament crowns.
“I think the biggest thing that this shows is that what we’ve been doing has been a successful formula,” said Nathan Staub, who has been an assistant coach for Leppo’s entire heading coaching run. “Two hundred wins is amazing, but the winning is a result of all the hard work and effort put in by everyone in the program.”
Talent helps: Talent, obviously, is another key component for success, and Leppo has been quite fortunate that the progression of talent in the Delone pipeline has remained constant.
“There have been so many,” Leppo said. “I mean Allie Mondorff is one of the original ones. She was such an awesome player and person and is coaching now and doing really well.
“And there are a ton of others, like Cam Wierman and Hannah Lawrence and Maddie Comly were a ton of fun to coach. And I can’t not talk about girls like Cheyenne Altland, Katie Laughman, Sarah Senft, Amber Johnson and Lily Singleton from that run and right after our state title. And, most recently, girls like Maddie Clabaugh and Brooke Lawyer were just really special kids.”
Building relationships: The relationships that Leppo has built with his own players, as well as many others that he’s coached against over the years, is notable in its own right, according to Staub.
“It’s always amazing to me that whatever team we’re playing against, to see the number of kids and parents who come up to coach Leppo and are excited to see him,” Staub said. “He has really helped them all in one way or another through club volleyball or whatever else.
“So 200 wins is an amazing accomplishment in this short time frame, but I know the wins are secondary behind the relationships that he has built over all those years.”
Stat leaders: In Thursday's win, Delone was led by Shalee Clabaugh (20 digs), Audrey Sell (15 assists), Maggie Hughes (10 kills, seven digs), Mckenna Mummert (nine kills), Holly Neiderer (16 kills), Olivia Snyder (33 assists, nine digs) and Meredith Wilson (13 kills).
The Littlestown leaders were Hailey Riley (six kills, nine digs, 14 assists), Carli Thayer (13 assists), Makayla Orwig (eight kills), Maddie Dunbar (eight kills) and Hayli Hartlaub (nine digs).
OTHER GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL
York Catholic 3, Bermudian Springs 0: At York Springs, the Irish captured the D-III match, 25-5, 25-15, 25-13. Hope Leavy-Gaskins led the Irish individually with 13 kills and four digs. Also for YC, Madeline Walker had 16 assists and five digs, Mia Citrone had 17 digs and Lindsey Beck had six aces and six assists. YC is 6-0 in the division.
Central York 3, South Western 2: At Central, the Panthers prevailed 25-23, 25-19, 22-25, 20-25, 15-8. The Panthers were led by Princess Gabriel (14 kills), Abbey Stiffler (38 assists, 13 digs), Alexis Southvong (30 digs) and Leah Davies (16 digs, six kills). The South Western leaders were Makayla Dyson (45 assists, eight digs), Emma Filipovits (27 kills, 21 digs), Kirby Meyer (23 digs) and Sarah Nicholl (19 kills).
New Oxford 3, York High 0: At New Oxford, Riley Dodrer and Megan Adams had five kills apiece in the Colonials' 25-8, 25-7, 25-4 victory. Madisyn Adams had 22 assists and Devyn Kelley served a dozen aces.
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