Midview High School Intervention Specialist Kate Kasper was approved as the next Head Coach of Midview Volleyball. The announcement came from Athletics Director Dan May following the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday (May 26) evening.
“To be named the next head coach of the Midview volleyball program is an honor,” Kasper said. “I feel extremely blessed to be given this opportunity. To be able to coach at a competitive varsity level has always been a dream of mine. It means the world to me that I will be able to influence the lives of so many talented female student-athletes who have such passion for the game of volleyball and achieving success. I am extremely excited to take on this journey and will continue to push Midview volleyball to be a team of excellence and a top competitor in the SWC.”
Kasper spent the previous year working with Midview’s junior varsity squad but steps into the head role following the resignation of Jessy Bendik, who led the Middies the last two seasons.
“Coach Kate brings great enthusiasm to Midview Volleyball,” May said. “She made an immediate impact with the Middies a year ago and has the skillset, plan and determination to keep the program moving forward. With a young and talented core, the Middies are primed for success this coming season."
Prior to joining Midview as a teacher and coach, Kasper led Fairport Harding’s volleyball program for one season in 2019. She also has coaching experience with Maverick Volleyball Club.
Kasper, a Concord Township native, is a 2019 graduate of Ursuline College, where she was a four-year starter with the Arrows. The setter compiled a school-record 3,618 assists to go along with 1,061 digs and 88 total blocks in 113 career matches. As a senior Kasper earned All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference second team honors.
“I believe the lessons I have learned as a player and a coach will help me positively impact the Midview volleyball program,” Kasper said. “One of the main lessons I learned while playing competitively at the collegiate level is that volleyball is so much more than just the sport itself. It teaches student-athletes the meaning of hard work, how to effectively communicate, what it means to work as a team toward a common goal, and that success does not happen instantly. As I take on this new role, I am excited to help these students become not only better athletes, but better people, who are leaders on and off the court.”
Midview is coming off a season in which the young squad finished 7-14 overall and 5-11 in the Southwestern Conference. The Middies earned a 3-0 victory over rival North Ridgeville in the OHSAA Sectional Semifinal before losing to Magnificat in the OHSAA Sectional Final. Midview, who expects to return 8-of-10 letterwomen, opens the 2021 season at Westlake on August 21. Its home opener is against Regional finalist Olmsted Falls on August 24.
“My goal is not only to develop competitive athletes who can be successful at the highest level of play, but to also instill a genuine love of the game in them,” Kasper said. “Empowering these student-athletes to be leaders on and off the court creates the championship mindset that is key to achieving any goal, from becoming a top team in the SWC to qualifying for the district tournament. The key to our team’s success this season will be buying into the process and building on the standard that has already been set. We have a great group of girls returning this season who already have a strong foundation of skills, and I truly believe that the sky is the limit for their success.”
Kasper lives in North Ridgeville with her husband Matt.