TOLEDO—Melissa Belcher, a volleyball coach for Toledo Central Catholic High School, was nominated as one of BCSN's fall “Coach of the Season” finalists.
Public voting on the five fall finalists takes place online at bcsn.tv/community/coachofyear.html#vote from Nov. 18 to Dec. 2, and the coach that receives the most votes will be named the fall “Coach of the Season.”
Melissa Belcher (Photo courtesy of Toledo Central Catholic High School)
Next summer, the fall winner will be placed in a final public voting poll along with the winter and spring winners to determine the “Coach of the Year.”
The “Coach of the Year” will receive a $1,000 cash award donated by Buckeye CableSystem and Yark Automotive, and their school’s athletic department will receive a $2,000 cash award donated by Yark Automotive and ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital.
Many coaches can take talented players and make them better, but Mrs. Belcher can take kids who desire to be good and make them great. She is currently fighting ALS, but having an impact on young people and helping them succeed is what keeps her going. She coaches not just volleyball, but lifelong success with humility, respect and gratitude.
Mrs. Belcher has instilled in her players a sense of spirit, dedication, and focus. She wants her players to work for one another and for a higher power, and she wants them to become more than just good volleyball players. She wants them to be the best people they can be. Despite her own struggles, she is a good role model for her players as a strong, independent woman with a faith-based philosophy of life.
The support that Melissa has received from the Central Catholic community and the volleyball community since her diagnosis with ALS is a true testament to her character and what she means to so many people.