Santa Fe’s Eric Marshall Named Girls’ Volleyball Coach-of-the-Year

GAINESVILLE (Dec. 10) – Eric Marshall of Santa Fe High School in Alachua has been selected as the 2021 Florida Dairy Farmers Girls’ Volleyball Coach-of-the-Year following a final round of voting by a statewide panel of high school volleyball coaches and state media representatives.

Marshall had been previously selected the Class 4A Coach of the Year after leading his squad to a 29-3 record and the Class 4A state title, while going unbeaten in 15 sets in state tournament play. In his four years at Santa Fe, Marshall has posted a 97-28 record, with a pair of state runnerup finishes (2018-19) prior to this year’s state championship.

Marshall received six of the 21 first-place votes to total 108 points in winning this year’s award. Class 7A COY Sarah Kirkwood-Reiss of Tampa Plant was the runnerup with 84 points and Class 3A COY Kim Whitney of Clearwater Calvary Christian finished third with 70 points. Rounding out the voting were Class 5A COY Michelle Mask of Panama City Mosley (65), Class 6A COY Elsa Lopez of Mater Academy (47), Class 2A COY Jan Class of Seacrest Country Day (37) and Class 1A COY Heather Edge of Sneads (17). All the finalists won state championships in 2021.

The Florida Dairy Farmers High School Sports Awards program exemplifies Florida Dairy Farmers’ commitment to the state’s youth. This marks the 30th year of these unique awards as we honor the state’s top athletes and coaches in all 30 FHSAA sanctioned and recognized sports. The program also emphasizes to young people the importance of keeping dairy products a primary part of their diet in their overall nutrition plan.

Area winners in bold

2020 FINAL VOTING RESULTS
Coach Total Points 1st-place Votes
Eric Marshall, Santa Fe 108 6
Sarah Kirkwood Reiss, Plant 84 5
Kim Whitney, Clearwater Calvary Christian 70 6
Michelle Mask, Mosley 65 2
Elsa Lopez, Mater Academy 47 0
Jan Class, Seacrest Country Day 37 2
Heather Edge, Sneads 17 0

Past Winners:
2020- Robin Mignerey, Ponte Vedra
2019- Angie Strickland, Leon
2018- Jen Darty, Oviedo
2017 – Ross Usie, West Orange
2016 – Tanya Jarvis, Bishop Moore
2015 – Chad Davis, P.K. Yonge
2014 – Tony Cothran, Bradenton Manatee
2013 – Stephanie Gibson, Winter Park
2012 – Tanya Jarvis, Bishop Moore
2011 – Randy Dagostino , Tampa Berkeley Preparatory
2010 – Randy Dagostino, Tampa Berkeley Preparatory
2009 – Marty Bielicki, Martin County
2008 – Leanna Taylor, Tampa Plant
2007 – Charmaine Cox, Lake Highland Preparatory
2006 – Louise Crocco, Ft. Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
2005 – Stephanie Gibson, Winter Park
2004 – Stephanie Gibson, Winter Park
2003 – Cindy Boulware, Gainesville
2002 – Teri Ohme, Plant City Durant
2001 – Virginia Kelly, Boca Raton Olympic Heights
2000 – Sindee Snow, Bishop Moore
1999 – Virginia Kelly, Boca Raton Olympic Heights
1998 – Louise Crocco, Ft. Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
1997 – Virginia Kelly, Boca Raton Olympic Heights
1996 – Virginia Kelly, Boca Raton Olympic Heights
1995 – Stephanie Gibson, Miami Sunset
1994 – Louise Crocco, Ft. Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
1993 – Carol Chalu, Tampa Berkeley Preparatory
1992 – Randy Dagostino, Tampa Berkeley Preparator