Denise Van De Walle is going out with a bang. The Bowling Green State University head women’s volleyball coach announced before the beginning of the 2011 season that this would be her last, and the falcons got off to an impressive start, going 12-0 in to start the season. The squad is currently 17-6.
This is a remarkable turnaround for the team, who went 8-24 last season. With over 500 career wins, Van De Walle was the winningest coach in Mid-Conference history heading into her 29th season at Bowling Green.
“The time is right for this change,” Van De Walle said in a press release. “I have been blessed beyond words to have spent my entire 28-year Division I head coaching career at one place. Very few coaches get the opportunity to spend their entire career with one school.”
A 1976 graduate of Ball State, Van De Walle was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year four times, in 1986, 1987, 1989, and 1992. Over the course of her career her teams have posted 13 20-win seasons, including a 30-win effort in 1992.
Bowling Green State University Department of Athletics plan to honor Van De Walle during the volleyball team’s match against Ohio on Oct. 29 and will hold a reception in her honor Dec. 10.
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Originally published in November 2011