The impact Coach Hoener has had on the New Haven volleyball program cannot even be explained. Thursday evening, September 29th, between the junior varsity and varsity matches against the Sullivan Eagles, she was presented with the 2015-2016 Missouri High School Volleyball Coach of the Year Award.
When asked what made her want to be a coach, she stated, “I have always loved the sport and felt like I could help girls become better players.” Junior Emma Engelbrecht, who has started for Coach Hoener since her sophomore season, commented that, “She always pushes her players to do their best and always looks for improvement.”
Coach Hoener began her teaching and coaching career in August 2000, as an assistant coach for the Shamrocks under Julie Westermeyer (née Gerdes). She then took over the head coaching duties in 2002.
In her first season as head coach, she led her team to an overall record of 17 wins and 9 losses. In 2005, she led the Shamrocks to their first Four Rivers Conference title since 1992. Also, in the same season, Hoener became the third person in school history to win a state championship as a player (1992) and as a head coach (2005).
After taking a few years off from coaching in 2007, she became head coach again in 2012. After the two set win Thursday night, her overall coaching record stands at 242 wins, 107 losses, and 19 ties. This season is her 11th season as head coach. In her previous 10 seasons, Coach Hoener won 2 conference championships, 5 district titles, made 3 Final Four appearances, and won one state championship.
Coach Hoener has had players named to the all-conference team 34 times and to the all-district team 41 times. A player has been selected to the all-region team 18 times and to the Missourian all-area team 34 times. In the Coach Hoener era, a player has been selected to the all-state team 13 times.
Coach Hoener has always emphasized to her athletes that academics come first. During her tenure, New Haven has had players named to the academic all-conference team 74 times and named to academic all-state 35 times.
Commenting on her favorite coaching memory, she claimed that, “Winning conference and state by far is at the top of the list.”
Thank you, Coach Hoener, for everything you have done for our school, and congratulations on receiving this prestigious award!