Calvin celebrates Warners’ 200th win prior to Van Noord opener
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
Before Tuesday’s MIAA opener against Albion at the Van Noord Arena, Calvin head coach Amber Warners was honored for her 200th win at Calvin, a victory over Carnegie-Mellon in last year’s Ohio Northern tournament.
After the short ceremony, Warners was quick to give out pointers to her team in a three-set win over the Britons. That attention to detail is a large reason for Warners’ tremendous success in the game of volleyball.
“She is very detail-oriented. In the four years I have spent with coach, everything has been planned to a ‘t’ and everything has had a purpose,” said senior Sara Kramer.
In her nine years as a head volleyball coach, Warners has compiled an outstanding 227-57 record and a .799 winning percentage, which ranks her fifth among active NCAA III coaches. Eight of those years have come at Calvin, where she has now won 206 games.
Warners, the recipient of the 2006 and 2008 American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year Award, said of herself, “I’m passionate and communicative. I’m someone who wants to experience being part of one of the best sports in the world.”
Her players undoubtedly see her as a leader, from pre-game devotions to the post-game huddle. It’s not even uncommon to hear Coach Warners alerting her team “Tip!” from the bench.
“[Coach Warners] expects a lot out of us and works us hard, but she is always there for us. She is like a mom of our team,” said standout sophomore Rebecca Kamp. She continued, “We definitely aren’t the same team without her.”
That team recently finished 3-1 in the Ohio Northern tournament and dismantled rival Albion in the Knight’s debut in the Van Noord Arena. The squad is deep with talent and expects big success in the now young season.
But despite her seemingly perennial success on the court, Warners clearly cares more about the character of her team than wins, digs, or kill-percentage.
“We strive to grow as Christian women before we aim for success on the court,” stated Warners. She added, “I’m very competitive. That’s what drives me. But if I can be successful with players through impacting lives, then winning is just a bonus.”
Warners sees Calvin as a great place to do that. “At no other place would I want to go to get a great education than Calvin. It’s in my heart,” she said.
Warners’ thorough coaching style, vast knowledge of the game, and heartfelt passion for her players has translated to extreme coaching success in the past, and has all signs pointing towards another flourishing year in 2009.