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Coach, Fife High School (1987-2010)
Jan coached the Fife High School volleyball team for 24 years finishing with a career record of 637-15.
During her tenure, the Trojans won 18 league titles, 14 district titles, made 20 State appearances, and won four State Titles. Her teams have placed second, third and fourth at State four times, with one sixth place and one seventh place finish. The Fife girls volleyball team did not lose a league match from 2005-2010, and, remarkably, did not lose a set in Coach Kirk’s final three years.
Jan coordinated the State All Star Volleyball Tournament held at Fife High School every June for 20 years, and founded the Puget Sound Volleyball Academy, originally referred to as the Puget Sound Volleyball “Club” with her son Kelly (1989).
She was inducted into the Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2010), the Fife High School Hall of Fame (2012), the Federal Way Athletic Hall of Fame (2008), and received the NFHS Sectional Coach of the Year (2008). She received the Pemco Girls Coach of the Year Award (1995-96), the Wayne Gardner Award (2010), and was honored with the Bill Neville Excellence in Volleyball Award (2011). This June (2016), she will be inducted into the Tacoma Pierce County Hall of Fame.
The development and increasing popularity of volleyball in the state of Washington is part of Jan’s legacy. While records are indicative of her expertise in volleyball, Jan’s most remarkable contribution is one of building strong women. Her influence was obvious in players who were disciplined, fundamentally sound and always cohesive. She took a volleyball program that had minimal successes and turned it into a division and league powerhouse and a regular State contender.
To this day, she is still held in high esteem by all of the Fife coaches as well as volleyball coaches across the state.