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Cerqua named National Coach of the Year

B'ville volleyball coach has won two state titles

Baldwinsville girls volleyball head coach Mary Jo Cerqua was chosen as one of 21 National Coach of the Year honorees by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Cerqua's teams have won more than 92 percent of their games and 459 matches since she took over as the Bees' head coach in 1990.

Baldwinsville girls volleyball head coach Mary Jo Cerqua was chosen as one of 21 National Coach of the Year honorees by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Cerqua's teams have won more than 92 percent of their games and 459 matches since she took over as the Bees' head coach in 1990.

— Honors keep pouring in for the Baldwinsville girls volleyball program, even though two months have passed since it won the state Class AA championship.

And few of those honors could top the one head coach Mary Jo Cerqua received on Wednesady from the coaches' chapter of the National Federation of State High School Associations.

When the NFSHSA's 2013 list of National Coach of the Year honorees was released, just 21 names of high school coaches in the United States were on it - and among them is Cerqua, the only girls volleyball coach cited for this year's honor.

Since taking over as head coach of the B'ville girls volleyball team in 1990, her teams have won 459 matches and lost just 36, for a winning percentage of .927.

A string of Section III titles started for Cerqua's Bees in the mid-1990s and continues to this day, and her sides have won two state Class AA championships, in 2010 and 2013.

Remarkably, two of the 2013 NFSHSA honorees hail from Central New York, as Fayetteville-Manlius girls tennis coach Phil Rudolph was also chosen, having seen his Hornets teams win more than 300 consecutive matches over the last two decades.

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