Kiebel, Voigt are Coaches of the Year

Two Maple Lake volleyball coaches have been honored with awards after the most recent season that saw the Irish to a perfect season and second consecutive state tournament title.

Marty Kiebel was named Class AA Head Coach of the Year and Amy Voigt was named Class AA Assistant Coach of the Year earlier this winter. Both will be recognized at the annual Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association Summer Coaching Clinic on Wednesday, July 25.

Only one head coach and one assistant coach are chosen for Class AA out of 128 schools.

“It’s a nice form of recognition that truly comes from the success of a program and an amazing season,” coach Kiebel said.

Kiebel and Voigt led the Irish on a flawless 36-0 run that ended at the Excel Energy Center where the Maple Lake team defeated North Branch 3-0 to win the championship. It’s uncommon to win a title with an undefeated record. The last high school volleyball team to do so in Minnesota was Wadena-Deer Creek in 2010.

“This is a fantastic honor and you have all did tremendous things to distinguish yourselves throughout this past season and in your coaching careers,” Greg Ueland of the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association said in a letter to the award winners. “Thanks so much for being outstanding representatives and role models to all coaches throughout the state of Minnesota.”

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