Tri-C Volleyball Coach And Player From Parma Earn Conference Honors

Mary Colovas

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) volleyball coach Mary Colovas, of Parma, has been named 2016 Coach of the Year by the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference after guiding the Challengers to their best season in more than a decade.

The conference also honored a Tri-C player from Parma — defensive specialist Rachel Geis — for her performance during the team’s turnaround season in 2016.

The Challengers finished 17-16 and fourth in the OCCAC while winning more conference matches than the past four years combined. The team also qualified for the NJCAA regional tournament.

“We had a great group that meshed really well together,” said Colovas, now in her eighth season as coach. “They played with a lot of heart.”

Geis ranked among the national leaders in digs while playing in her defensive specialist role. The sophomore who graduated from Valley Forge High School is working toward an Associate of Science degree at Tri-C.

The volleyball team plays its home matches at Eastern Campus in Highland Hills. For more information on Tri-C teams, visit

John Horton

Media Relations Manager at Cuyahoga Community College

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 6:54 PM, 12.04.2016