Vale High volleyball coach named league coach of the year

Shannon Steele, center, chats with seniors from this season’s varsity volleyball team. Steele was named league coach of the year. From left: Sierra Cleaver, Shannon Steele, Amber Tolman and Demia Hardin. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

VALE – Shannon Steele doesn’t keep track of wins and losses.

Sure, she said, she probably has them archived somewhere. But for Steele, her 27-year volleyball coaching career has been more about the players than the scoreboard.

The head coach of the Vale High School varsity volleyball team was selected as this year’s Eastern Oregon League coach of the year. The honor is bestowed by fellow coaches.

“My goal is to give kids an opportunity to see their greatness,” said Steele. “I want them to realize they can do hard things and that hard work pays off.”

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