Wed, Apr. 3, 2013 - [Volleyball]
Head volleyball coach Teresa Kehe has agreed to take a teaching and coaching position at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa beginning this fall. Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, she will be the Lions' head volleyball coach and teach in the physical education department – positions similar to those she held at Tripoli High School (where she won six state titles) prior to her time with the Duhawks.
"It is truly bittersweet," Kehe said on Wednesday morning. "I love the girls I coach and have coached, and at the same time this opening and opportunity offer me and my family a lot."
Kehe has family members both above and below her on the family tree in and around Cedar Rapids.
In seven seasons as the head coach at Loras, Kehe won 132 matches, second most in program history. She led the Duhawks to two Iowa Conference titles, including a 32-5 season in 2008 which included a perfect 8-0 run through the IIAC regular season and the program's first trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament Championship. She was Iowa Conference Coach of the Year that season. The team also won the 2010 Iowa Conference title under Kehe, and in both 2008 and 2010, Loras produced the league's MVP (Jenny Dziubla, Kate Russell).
As the 2012-13 academic year winds down, Kehe has asked to - and will be - staying on to help fulfill some duties within the department – primarily the team's non-traditional spring season and her role with the intramural program.
"It is important to me that I help in any way I can," Kehe says. "I have enjoyed being here and want to help in a smooth transition. Ashley (Winter, assistant coach) is here and will continue to offer everything she can to the team."
Kehe spoke about her faith in the Loras College education and her philosophy of always emphasizing the school's opportunities during the recruiting process.
"Loras offers a tremendous education to young people, whether they want to jump right into the work force or go on to some sort of graduate school or additional education," she noted. "I definitely believe in what Loras College is doing to educate their students."
"Anyone who decides to play volleyball at Loras College will be joining one of the best teams I've ever coached," Kehe said. "They (the current Duhawks) are all great teammates, which is vitally important to any team's success."
"Her service to the Duhawks is greatly appreciated and her winning record and championships speak for themselves," Director of Athletics Bob Quinn said.
"She brought championship-caliber players into the program and produced positive results and great student-athletes throughout her time here."
Quinn says a search will begin for Kehe's replacement right away.