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St. Henry's Kaiser is Volleyball Coach of the Year

 

St. Henry District High School head volleyball coach Maureen Shea Kaiser was selected as the girls volleyball Coach of the Year by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA).

Kaiser has led the Crusaders program for 28 seasons and also serves as the school's assistant athletic director and chair of the health department.

She graduated from St. Henry in 1985 and received a full volleyball scholarship to Notre Dame University.

“I would not be able to do this without my assistant coaches, hardworking players, and supportive parents," said Kaiser. “My assistant, Shawn (Casey Schwartz), has coached with me for 22 years and has been my confidant, counselor, mentor, and friend.”

Shawn Casey Schwarz graduated from St. Henry in 1990 and received a full volleyball scholarship to Northern Kentucky University. She serves as the physical education department chair at St. Henry, and also coaches for Northern Kentucky Junior Volleyball (NKJV).

“Together, Shawn and I have raised five boys, coached more than 500 girls, and have shared both laughter and tears,” said Kaiser. “It’s been a roller-coaster ride and as I look back, I cherish every minute of it.”

She also credits her high school volleyball and track coach, Katie Wesseling, for helping her develop a strong work ethic, which has helped guide her through challenging times. 

Kaiser also takes great pride in the annual Playing for a Purpose event that raises awareness about breast cancer. “The event has grown every year and I love seeing the alumni volleyball players in the stands,” said Kaiser. “It warms my heart to see the love and support for others along with the amount of people who are touched by the mission of Playing for a Purpose.”

Kaiser has received various accolades throughout her coaching career including Northern Ky. Athletic Director's Hall of Fame (1996), Co-Coach of the Year by Northern Ky. High School Coaches (2001, 2005), SHDHS Hall of Fame (2002), Coach of the Year by Northern Ky. High School Coaches for Division II (2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013), Northern KY Legend on ICN 6 (2004), Buddy LaRosa Hall of Fame (2005), KVCA Region 9 Coach of the Year (2012, 2016), Cincinnati Enquirer Coach of the Year (2017), and KHSAA Coach of the Year (2019).

-Staff report