Byron Nelson’s Brianne Groth named National Volleyball Coach of the Year
Byron Nelson’s Brianne Groth named National Volleyball Coach of the Year
Posted on 02/06/2020
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Brianne Groth
Brianne Groth

The National High School Coaches Association has named Byron Nelson High School’s Brianne Groth as its National Volleyball Coach of the Year following a championship-capped season. Her win marks the first time a mother and daughter have won the prestigious award; her mother, Jan Barker, won the award during the 2001-02 school year with Amarillo High School.

Coach Groth led the Byron Nelson Bobcats to the 2019 UIL 6A Volleyball State Championship and a 50-2 season. The Bobcats won the title in a thrilling five-set game against the Plano West Wolves, giving the school its first volleyball state championship.

The Bobcats finished the season as the top-ranked team in USA Today’s national volleyball rankings, and they ranked second in MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national rankings.

Coach Groth is just the third Texas coach to win the national award, following her mom and Lee Grisham, who won the award with Wimberley High School during the 2003-04 school year.

“We are extremely pleased to honor Coach Barker-Groth,” said Eric Hess, executive director of the NHSCA. “She has established her program as not only one of the best in Texas, but in the nation. She exhibits a strong dedication to supporting and developing her high school student-athletes in the classroom and outside of it.”

Coach Groth brings a wealth of experience to her role, having won numerous accolades as a student-athlete herself. She twice earned All-American status as a volleyball player at the University of Oklahoma, and she was Gatorade’s Texas Volleyball Player of the Year twice while in high school. During her high school career, she won two state titles at Amarillo while playing for her mother.

This marks the 21st consecutive year the NHSCA has honored achievers within the high school athletic community nationwide. The non-profit organization provides leadership and support to the more than one million high school coaches and more than 10 million high school student-athletes.

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