Five Star Performer: Matt Koehn-Fairbanks

St. Paul volleyball coach Matt Koehn-Fairbanks picks up 500th career win at the Lexington Invite.
Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 10:02 PM CDT
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ST. Paul, Neb. (KSNB) - The last two seasons St. Paul has solidified itself as one of the premiere volleyball programs in Class C-1. That success has been in large part to head coach Matt Koehn-Fairbanks, who last Saturday picked up his 500th career win.

Coach Koehn-Fairbanks got the signature win against Holdrege at the Lexington Invite. Afterwards, his players showed their appreciation.

“They scribbled on a piece of paper real quick and said ‘Congrats Coach,'" Koehn-Fairbanks said. "We went on and played the next game and I wouldn’t have it any other way. That’s kind of the way I am. We get to work and we try to get 501, 502, 503 and just keep going from there.”

That mindset has worked for him as the Wildcats are in the midst of their best three year stretch in school history, making championship Saturday for the first time last November.

“My girls are especially hard-working," he said. "We don’t always have the top division one, or division two recruits that are out there but we play well together as a team and the girls will do whatever you ask them to do to get themselves better and to help the team be better.”

His high expectations are something his players are well aware of, but a lot of what he coaches has helped his players beyond the court.

“He’s has taught us a lot of life lessons," St. Paul senior Paige Lukasiewicz said. "To always try our hardest and then relax. It’s always a hundred percent and then you can rest at the end of the day.”

Coach Koehn-Fairbanks is from St. Paul and knows how much the Wildcats mean to the town. Now 20 years into his tenure the team means a lot to him.

“It’s just been a real high priority in my life," he said. "So to have it be successful and to have these girls leaving practices and leaving games with smiles on their faces and you know having people leaving the crowd and feeling proud about St. Paul, its just meant a lot to me and my whole career.”

For nearly half his life he has been the coach of the St. Paul volleyball team. It has led him to 500 career wins and only time will tell if he can notch another 500 to his already growing resume.

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