In 1988, Tracy Rietzke was hired by a school called Rockhurst College as its women’s volleyball and basketball coach.
On Friday, Rietzke notched his 1,200th win with Rockhurst University, becoming just the fifth volleyball coach in NCAA history to rack up 1,200 wins in a career.
It’s been an incredible career for Rietzke. The Hawks have averaged more than 34 wins per season and advanced to post-season play 23 times under Rietzke; this season, Rockhurst is 20-6.
He led Rockhurst through re-classification as a D-II school in 1998 and has piloted the program to nine NCAA national tournaments. He’s been voted AVCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year twice, and in 2015 the Hawks won their first-ever NCAA regional championship.
Congrats to the team on the win and to coach Tracy Rietzke on his first Midwest Region Title! See you in Tampa! pic.twitter.com/Zl7e7dEFgT— Rockhurst University (@RockhurstU) December 6, 2015
Rietzke’s success with Rockhurst has been staggeringly consistent, and with three more wins, he would pass Dave Shoji, who won 1,202 matches with Hawai’i, to become the fourth-winningest women’s volleyball coach in NCAA history.
Still ahead of Rietzke would be Russ Rose (1,213 at Penn State), Peggy Martin (1,282 between Central Missouri and Spring Hill), and Larry Bock (1,325 between Juniata College and Navy).