Coach Of The Year


High School Sports

December 15, 2003

Dave Trumbo


With only one senior on his team, Trumbo led the Lions to the best season in school history. Liberty capped a 19-0 campaign by winning its first state volleyball championship.

Trumbo's Lions won the Class 2A state title by outlasting defending champion Glenelg in five games, 20-25, 25-21, 26-24, 13-25 and 15-9.

In the process, the Lions terminated the Gladiators' two-year, 38-match winning streak and claimed the final No. 1 ranking in The Sun's poll for the first time in school history in any sport.

"Our hitters seldom make mistakes and our junior setter, Lauren Locklear, took the place of a two-time Carroll County Player of the Year [Laura Shand], and did a great job," said Trumbo, who convinced his girls the morning of the final that they could win it all. He broke down a videotape on how to beat Glenelg before they took the bus to Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum.

Trumbo, who is 114-27 in eight seasons at Liberty, masterfully brought his group along as the Lions won their fifth straight county title. Liberty swept then-No. 5 Owings Mills to advance to its first state final since 1991.

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