Smith serves up 100 wins

by Marshall McCarty

Not many coaches can say that their success is at least in somepart due to a propensity for stealing, but head volleyball coachLana Smith doesn’t shy away from this fact.

“I’ve borrowed and stolen from everyone I’ve worked with,” Smithsaid.

Smith attributes much of the success in her career to the greatcoaches and players she’s had throughout her volleyball career.

On Sept. 11, Smith became the second Simpson volleyball coach inhistory to get her 100th victory.

“Our girls have earned it,” Smith said. “It shows we have astable and a quality program.”

No stranger to success on the court, Smith assaulted the recordbooks as a player at Iowa. Today she remains in the top 20 of fourmajor statistical categories including blocks (9th, 271), kills(11th, 918), digs (20th, 601) and service aces (12th, 87). She alsoled the Hawkeye’s on the court as a captain her senior year.

Smith graduated from Iowa in 1987 and became head volleyballcoach at Indianola High School three years later. While atIndianola, she won five conference titles and amassed an impressive243-89 record.

Winning the 2001 Iowa Conference Coach of the Year award is oneof Smiths’ proudest accomplishments in her five years as Simpson’shead coach and it came on the heels of the most memorable of herfirst 100 wins.

In 2001, the Storm upset the defending national champion Dutch,ending its 56-game winning streak.

“It was a major confidence builder for me.” Smith said.