Some coaches are good at what they do, and Dan McKinstry is just that. In fact, he now stands alone in one category - wins.
With a victory Oct. 15 against Sebring, McKinstry, head coach at Wellsville High School since 1997, became the winningest high school volleyball coach in the state of Ohio, according to Ohio High School Athletic Association records.
That Division IV sectional tournament win gave McKinstry 639 victories in a coaching career that has spanned 36 seasons. Prior to his time at Wellsville, he led the East Palestine volleyball team from 1978-96.
"I've had really good kids at East Palestine and Wellsville," McKinstry said, proudly recognizing the hundreds of players he's mentored throughout nearly four decades.
We salute McKinstry for his tireless effort in teaching student-athletes the game throughout the years. He is to commended on a career well done, although seemingly far from complete.
But we would be remiss if we didn't mention two other are high school volleyball coaches who also have excelled.
Bob Shansky of East Liverpool is in his 38th year as head coach, while Oak Glen's Ethel Riser has led the Golden Bears for 34 seasons.
Two seasons ago, Shansky took the Potters farther than any other Blue & White team he's coached - the OHSAA Div. II Regional title game. There, the record-breaking Potters fell to eventual state champion Columbus Bishop Hartley.
Riser has coached Oak Glen to five West Virginia state volleyball championships. In fact, the Bears are the two-time defending Class AA title winners.
In a society where everyone seems to focus on a "what-have-you-done-for-me-lately" attitude, these coaches have stood the test of time.
Our area school districts have been lucky to have these three knowledgeable and dedicated coaches at the helm. We wish all of them nothing but continued success.