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Denny Checks Off 800th Win

On August 31, 2010, Coach Vickie Denny knocked out her 800th career win. The 2010-2011 Lady Cougars volleyball team defeated opponent South Florida Community College with a 3-0 sweep (final scores 25-13, 25-9, and 25-17). This win put Coach Denny in an elite group of coaches; only ten active coaches in the NCAA have met their 800th win, only four of which are in smaller, private, junior, or community colleges.

Dr. Vickie Denny, Professor of Exercise and Sport Science and Teacher Education and Chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at Clearwater Christian College, also serves as the president of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). A contributing writer to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) journal “Volleyball ACE Power Tips,” Dr. Denny has lent her coaching expertise to volleyball clubs across the country.

With over 30 years of coaching experience on various levels of competition, Coach Denny has spent the last twenty-one years as acting head coach at CCC. Her experience and expertise on the court is an important component to the teamwork and success of the Lady Cougars. CCC Athletic Director James Whitaker is thankful to work with Coach Denny. “This is an unbelievable milestone in the career of an amazing coach. While we are certainly proud of her record wins and championships, what is even more amazing is her discipleship and mentoring of so many young ladies over the years.” Not only does Coach Denny deliver during the regular season, but also in the championships. Of the nine CCC National Championship titles, four were consecutive wins. The Clearwater Christian College Lady Cougars are a force to be reckoned with, and stand as one of the leaders in the NCCAA division schools.

“Of course my 800 victories would not be possible except for the great young ladies the Lord has directed to our teams over the years,” said Coach Denny.“

Denny receives commemorative ball at Alumni Volleyball Game
As I reflect on my 27 years of college coaching, beyond just the 800 wins on the court, I have been blessed to see so many of my players gain spiritual victories as well. It continues to be my joy to see my players go on to serve the Lord after they graduate.”

Coach Denny invests in the lives of her players, both on and off of the court. CCC alumna and past Lady Cougar, Jennifer (Groschel) Wilson said, “Respect—the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Coach Denny. Many would say that she deserves respect for her coaching achievements. Though this is true, my respect for Coach stems from her ministry of influencing and impacting young ladies for eternity. Her love for the Lord and consistent Christian walk is to be admired and emulated. Thank you, Coach, for your Godly example!”

Coach Denny’s overall college coaching record: 800 wins/247 losses
Clearwater Christian College record: 708 wins/193 losses