Marcy Thurwachter, Assistant Director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, was inducted into the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the All-State Banquet Sunday, Dec. 8, held at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
Thurwachter coached girls volleyball, and boys and girls track at Sheboygan Falls High School from 1979-85 while teaching physical education and health. She led the Falcons to the WIAA State Class B volleyball championship in 1983, a third-place finish in 1982 and three conference titles in six seasons at the helm.
Thurwachter joined the WIAA Executive Staff in 2002. Her responsibilities include the administration and coordination of duties for the sports of cross country, track and field, gymnastics, volleyball and softball, as well as monitoring coaches' conduct. As the administrator for volleyball, she has overseen the transition to rally scoring, the use of the libero, numerous NFHS rule changes and a three year term on the NFHS Volleyball Rules Committee, the move to the Resch Center for the girls State Tournament, and she has been an advocate for the promotion of volleyball in Wisconsin.
Thurwachter came to the WIAA from North Central College, a NCAA Division III institution located in Naperville, Ill., where she held the title of head women’s volleyball coach from 1985-1997. As the volleyball coach, North Central won its only College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin volleyball championship in school history in 1992. She also served as head women's track and field coach, associate athletic director and associate professor in physical education. This past October she was inducted into the North Central College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Thurwachter received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and health education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1978 and a Master of Arts degree in physical education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1984.
To be considered for enshrinement into the WVCA Hall of Fame, coaches must be a retired high school volleyball coach in the state; they must have excelled as a high school volleyball coach in the state; and they must be a strong example of character and leadership amongst his/her players, the school, and the sport of volleyball. Administrators must have shown continuous effort to improve the sport of volleyball in the state, and have taken an active roll in the WVCA over an extended period of time.
The names of those inducted into the Hall of Fame will be on permanent display in the lobby of the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis. For more information on the WVCA, visit its website at: http://www.wvcawi.net/.
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