LCCC Volleyball Coach Gets Brookside Hall of Fame Nod
June 28, 2019 – – Lorain County Community College Women’s Volleyball coach, Ted Whitsel, was recently inducted into the Brookside High School Hall of Fame for his coaching accomplishments.
Prior to coming to LCCC, Whitsel spent 14 years at the helm of the Cardinal program from 1999 to 2012, leading his teams to a 145-48 record. During that time he was named Conference Coach and Lorain County Coach of the Year three times, as well as NE District Coach of the Year twice. The Brookside program flourished under the guidance of Whitsel, going from perennial basement dwellers to conference contenders every year.
“It’s an incredible honor to be inducted into the Brookside Hall of Fame,” stated Whitsel, “and it meant so much more to share it with two of my former players who were inducted alongside of me.”
In his five-year tenure at LCCC, Whitsel has become the winningest coach in school history with a 105-70 record and has taken his teams to nationals three out of five seasons. The 2014 team was the NJCAA Division III runner-up and they finished fifth in 2018.
Over five seasons, Whitsel has coached five All-Americans, nine All-Region, and 13 All-Conference players.
Former player, Stephanie (Vaughn) Kubiak, reflected on the path her volleyball career took and how it could have been much different had Whitsel not come to Brookside as the new head coach her sophomore year.
“Coach Whitsel was the most influential person in my life during my high school years,” said Kubiak. “Time was never an issue for Coach and he personally sacrificed a lot of his own family time to spend countless hours in the gym with me to work on my strength and conditioning, along with my volleyball skills. He is the most patient, yet motivated coach I know and he pushed through those rough early seasons to take the program to new heights.”
Kubiak went on to play college volleyball and then compete on the NVL professional beach volleyball tour, “something I doubt would have happened if not for the guidance I received from Whitsel.”
Congratulations to Coach Whitsel on being recognized for his outstanding coaching accomplishments.