Joelle Grimsley, coach of the Mayer Lutheran High School Crusader volleyball team, will be inducted into the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame during the Minnesota State High School League State Volleyball Tournament Banquet on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Xcel Center in St. Paul. She is the only member of the Class of 2018 to be inducted and joins 67 existing members of this exclusive club.
Grimsley has served as the Mayer Lutheran volleyball coach for twenty-three years of her thirty-year coaching career. Her teams at Mayer Lutheran have moved onto the State Tournament twelve times, winning the Class-A State title in 2016 and 2017. The Crusaders are seeded second in the Class-A State Tournament this year.
“History has shown that, along with hockey, volleyball is the top girls’ sport in Minnesota,” shared Jeff Groves, General Manager of the Apple Valley volleyball program and a member of the Hall of Fame in addition to serving as the current Hall of Fame Coordinator. “This group of coaches are legends and Joelle is highly deserving to be added to their number.”
“I am humbled and blessed to be able to receive this award,” said Grimsley. “I do it for the relationships I build with the kids so that I am better able to share Jesus with them.”
“Joelle represents the very best in coaching, no matter what the sport,” added Kris Gustin, the Mayer Lutheran Activities Director. “Her enthusiasm, passion, and work ethic are amazing and her teams reflect the lessons she teaches in practice and away from the court.”