Tabor?s Ratzlaff wins conference award for personal character

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Tabor College head volleyball coach Amy Ratzlaff has been named the 2010 recipient of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference LeRoy Walker Champions of Character.

?This award is truly an honor for me and a reflection on our program here at Tabor,? Ratzlaff said. ?I really feel blessed each day that God has called me to work at Tabor and I try my best to honor him through my work.

?This award is very humbling to me and I am very thankful to have worked with such great players and coaches throughout my career.?

Last fall, Ratzlaff led the Bluejays to the KCAC regular-season title with a record of 16-2, in league play and 20-11 overall before falling one game short of a national tournament berth.

In her 11 seasons at the helm, the Bluejays have won seven KCAC regular-season titles, three KCAC tournament titles, and have made three national tournament appearances while compiling an overall record of 200-129.

Named for the president emeritus of the U.S. Olympic Committee and former president of the NAIA, the award is considered one of the most prominent honors in the NAIA.

It recognizes success in athletics, but also a commitment to the Champions of Character?s five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

?Coach Amy Ratzlaff epitomizes what we are all about, not only in the Tabor College athletic department but across the entire institution,? Vice President of Athletics, Rusty Allen said.

?Her players are model students and impact our campus in extremely positive ways. This is all made possible because of the attitude of excellence Coach Ratzlaff instills.?

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