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Houk nominated for national honor

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One of the most memorable volleyball seasons in Galax High School history keeps producing more good memories as Maroon Tide coach Rose Houk has been nominated as the 2009-10 Virginia volleyball coach of the year. As a result, Houk was also nominated for national volleyball coach of the year. Houk is well known throughout the state for her dedication to and love for the sport she has coached for the past 29 years. The Maroon Tide has remained competitive through the years despite dwindling enrollment figures that saw Galax drop from a Group AA school to a Group A school with an enrollment of around 500 students in grades 8-12. Houk enjoyed a milestone year as she topped the 300-win plateau for her career and ended the season one point short of the Maroon Tide’s first-ever state tournament appearance. Now with 317 career wins, Houk has guided Galax volleyball to eight district championships, including four teams that finished the district season undefeated. Her teams have reached the regional tournament 16 times and made three appearances in the region semifinals, and have won eight invitational tournament titles.  An eight-time district coach of the year, Houk’s love of the game exceeds her coaching duties. Houk’s dedication was recognized when she was appointed to the Virginia High School Coaches’ Association Executive and Legislative committees, on which she has served for six years. Since 2004, Houk has been the director of the VHSCA East-West all-star volleyball game, and she has conducted the all-state volleyball meetings for the past six years. She also serves on the VHSL Sportsmanship Committee at the state volleyball tournament for the past three seasons. Houk was responsible for bringing the prestigious Bob Bertucci Volleyball Camp to Galax, drawing players from North Carolina and Southwest Virginia to a camp that features college, national and international players on its staff.