Chris Curry, Vernon Hills’ boys volleyball coach. | SUN-TIMES MEDIA FILE PHOTO
Updated: March 17, 2013 6:37PM
If boys volleyball was a two-class sport at the high school level, Vernon Hills would have a series of state-championship trophies lined up in a case in the school’s main hallway.
But because all schools compete in the same class regardless of enrollment, Vernon Hills has yet to win it all, thwarted year after year by schools at least twice its size.
Still, the fact that a school with maybe 1,200 kids like Vernon Hills can compete on an even playing field with schools much larger, is a tribute to the players and to the program built by longtime coach Chris Curry.
To recognize Curry’s program, the National Federation of High Schools named Curry its Coach of the Year for the state of Illinois for 2012.
The award recognizes his outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic activities.
The Illinois High School Association nominated Curry for the award based upon his positive work with the athletes in the VHHS program.
Curry is in his 18th year of coaching in the district. In addition to his current position as head varsity boys volleyball coach, he has also coached volleyball, softball and baseball at Libertyville High School, and girls volleyball at VHHS.
Curry is a graduate of the University of Illinois. In addition to coaching at VHHS, he also teaches English and is the assistant athletic director.