Net result: jennies volleyball's winning history

Coach Peggy Martin Set the Standard and the Record

By Flip Piontek, '88

Peggy Martin Jennies Volleyball crop

At the same time women’s basketball was becoming established as a competitive team sport at UCM, women’s volleyball also experienced a renaissance.

Coach Peggy Martin was hired in the summer of 1975 to be a physical education teacher and to coach volleyball in the fall and softball in the spring. From 1970–74, volleyball coaches changed nearly every year, as did the players, preventing the development of a real sense of team. Furthermore, the teams in this era only played about 15 matches per year.

When Martin arrived, her multiyear commitment to the team was a significant change. Her identity, drive and expectations of excellence provided a continuity that had not previously existed and standards that remain today as the 2019 team played the most challenging schedule of any of the 298 Division II volleyball teams in the country.

Martin essentially doubled the quantity of matches the teams played. While this might seem insignificant, it required a much larger commitment from the university to provide resources for the team, which in turn gave players a greater sense of importance to Central Missouri athletics. The university even invested in Martin’s continued education, sending her on a year’s sabbatical back to her alma mater, Indiana University, to complete her doctorate work in 1979.

The years from 1980 to 1985 were the capstone to this defining decade of volleyball history. The team’s incorporation into the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 1982 provided a recognizable umbrella organization for the sponsorship of women’s athletics beyond Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). Martin’s early 1980s teams played a demanding schedule of at least 50 matches, with increased travel to establish the strength of the volleyball program on a national rather than regional scale.

The key factor in this rise to national prominence for the team was the increased commitment to recruiting players who would stay for more than one or two years. Players from 1980-85 whose four-year tenure on the team created a culture of commitment and excellence included All-Americans Karen Seitter, Beth Cook, Lisa Kissee, Lori Hackett, Pat Stazak and Sue Walker. This national prominence continues today, with the selection of UCM’s most recent All-American players from 2018: Kylie Hohlen (pictured below) and Audrey Fisher.

Kylie Holden Jennies Volleyball

While Martin continued to teach and coach from 1975 through 1985, her determination resulted in her transition to coaching one sport, volleyball, as her full-time occupation in the fall of 1987. Not only did she help the team grow and flourish, but she was also influential in the growth of coaching as a recognized, reputable profession.

The all-time record for victories by a volleyball coach at any level, gender or division is 1348. After retiring from UCM following the 2008 season, Martin returned home to Mobile, Alabama, to help her mother rebuild her family home after its destruction in Hurricane Katrina. Her home is about 5 miles from Spring Hill College, and her retirement didn’t last long! She has coached at Spring Hill College since 2009 and in September of 2019 broke the record to become the winningest coach in national collegiate volleyball history! 

Flip Piontek, ’88, enters his 11th season as head coach of Jennies Volleyball and his 34th year with the program in 2019.

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Celebrate 50 years of Jennies Volleyball and help keep the team going strong by making your donation at ucmfoundation.org/give/volleyball.

 

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