Hermann volleyball coach credits tradition for success

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COLUMBIA - Tradition runs deep for Hermann High School volleyball and Linda Lampkin has been there to see it all.

Coach Lampkin is in her 36th year as head coach. She has numerous titles during her tenure, including 12 state titles. She said her success has stemmed from something she can't coach.

"A lot of the girls we have playing now would come and watch us while they were in elementary school," Lampkin said. "The atmosphere at Hermann High School volleyball games is really great. I think they see that when they're young and just want to be part of it, and so that makes it a whole lot easier on us because they come in wanting to be successful."

A few players on this year's roster are second generation players under Lampkin. Dawn Grosse and Kate Schannuth are two former players for Lampkin that now watch their daughters play for her from the stands.

"I could not ask for a better person to be my daughter's coach," Grosse said. "To watch my daughter play for her, it's incredible."

Grosse played for Lampkin from 1991-1993 and won two state titles during her time at Hermann. During her time as a player, she said Lampkin was an intense coach to play for because of her high expectations. She said she tells her daughter to be grateful to play for Coach Lampkin, especially since she is not as intense as she was when Grosse played for her.

"When I played for Coach Lampkin we were scared to death of her," Grosse said. "She was definitely someone who we admired a lot, but she was very hard."

Schannuth played for Lampkin from 1980-1984 and finished third in state during her time as a player.

"She expected a lot out of you," Schannuth said. "Now, I still get nervous for my daughter because I want her to do well because I know what Linda expects. She's a totally different person than she was as a coach.

"I didn't expect when I had a daughter that she would still be coaching, so I'm really pleased that she is her coach because I feel like she will bring out her potential." 

Lampkin herself played volleyball for Hermann High School and came back as an assistant coach for a year soon after graduating from college. She said she didn't expect to like coaching the way she enjoyed playing the sport.

"I always thought playing was going to be a lot more fun than coaching, but I love coaching volleyball," Lampkin said. "We've had a lot of fun over the years, a lot of great kids and a lot of success and that just makes it more fun."

Lampkin said of all her accomplishments, one of her favorites was when she was inducted to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

She said as long as volleyball continues to be fun for her to coach, she plans to stick with it.