Jim Muth - 2015

Jim was a 1990 graduate of Midview High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Masters in Educational Administration from Ashland University. He began his teaching career at Midview Middle School where he taught for 2 years and then became a social studies teacher at Firelands High School in Amherst, where he coached the girl's volleyball team.

At Fireland's he was known for his motto, “Never Say Can't.” He was also the Vice President of the Ohio Volleyball Coaches Association and a District 3 Trustee. He wasn't just a fellow coach, he was our friend.

Most of all, Jim was a loving husband and father. He was a truly devoted family man to his wife Char of 16 years and children Abbey and Josh.

On Nov. 22, 2011, the lives of the Muth family were changed forever. Jim left Firelands High School to pick up his children, Abbey, 11, and Joshua, 7, from school. He was traveling on Russia Road when he was struck by a pickup truck who went left of center. Jim suffered extensive injuries including a crushed skull, a severe brain injury to his left side, eye trauma and a broken arm. The accident left Jim in a coma for over a year before he finally passed. Throughout his year and half long battle Jim's family was by his side. Jim Muth, age 41, of Elyria, passed away on June 18, 2013.

In 2015 Coaches 4 Coaches set out to honor Jim's legacy by making a donation to the Jim Muth benefit fund that was created to support the family.Thanks to the many volleyball supporters in Ohio, 2015 was a huge success. In memory of Jim at a Firelands High School volleyball match the Muth family was presented a check for $12,000.00.

Melissa Belcher - 2013

Melissa Belcher - 2013

Melissa Belcher always knew she wanted to be a coach. After playing volleyball in high school, she chose to study secondary education in college so that she could become a high school teacher and coach.

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Mary Anne Souder - 2014

Mary Anne Souder - 2014

Mary Anne Souder has coached volleyball for over 17 years. Her love of the game started at a young age going to the kids camp at Newark Catholic High School. She grew up in Sidney, Ohio and played for Lehman Catholic High School and then went on to play as a setter for Otterbein University.

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Jim Muth - 2015

Jim Muth - 2015

Jim was a 1990 graduate of Midview High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Masters in Educational Administration from Ashland University. He began his teaching career at Midview Middle School where he taught for 2 years and then became a social studies teacher at Firelands High School in Amherst, where he coached the girl's volleyball team.

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Heather Bailes - 2016

Heather Bailes - 2016

Heather has coached several hundred volleyball players across Northeast Ohio in both high school and club. She is the current JV Volleyball coach at Aurora High School. She's been an athlete her entire life. She started playing volleyball at the age of 6, coaching club at 17 and High School at 21.

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