Tosha Spain is in her eighth year as head volleyball coach at Trinity Valley Community College.
In the first seven seasons of the college’s volleyball program, Spain and the Lady Cardinals compiled a 133-108 record.
Last year, in a 23-8 campaign, the Lady Cardinals set a school record for fewest losses in a season.
In 2014, the Lady Cardinals turned in the most successful season in school history, posted a 31-9 record, including a school record 14 straight wins. It also included an appearance in the Region XIV Tournament for a third straight year.
Spain, who was head volleyball coach at nearby Athens High School when she was selected to lead the Lady Cardinals, believes the future of the program is bright.
“I am very excited about the future of our program and this year’s team,” Spain said. “We missed the regional tournament last year and that is below the standard we have set for the program.
“My expectations are high this season. The girls have come in and put in a lot of hard work and are improving daily. They are very coachable and transitioning well into our system.”
Spain recruits quality players who have a love for the game and the heart to get the job done.
Spain completed her third season as Athens High School volleyball coach in the fall of 2009, having led the Lady Hornets to two playoff appearances. In 2007, her first season at the school, the Lady Hornets posted the best season in school history, advancing to the regional semifinals and posting a 31-8 record. Her career coaching record is 65-48.
“My coaching philosophy is a little different than some,” Spain said. “I believe one philosophy that works for one group may not work for the next group. I believe in sticking to the basis of the same philosophy and modifying it for each group.
“The part of my philosophy that will not change is simply three words: courage, character and commitment.
“It takes courage to get in there and play to your highest level day in and day out for you as well as your teammates. Also the way you display yourself in practice or a game says so much about one’s character. And last but most important one has to make that commitment and sacrifice to give one hundred percent all the time and make winning and success important. I believe that these three characteristics are what build champions.”
She said former Athens High School principal Keith Durrett, the former athletic director and head girls basketball coach for the school district, and longtime Eustace High School volleyball coach Chuck Powers have been the biggest influence on her coaching philosophy.
Spain, a 2001 graduate of Eustace High School, is an accomplished player in her own right. After a stellar career for Powers at Eustace, where she was named Most Valuable Player as a senior, she went on to play at Navarro College and Texas A&M-Commerce. She was a team captain at Texas A&M-Commerce.
Spain was presented the Bobby Fox Award by Texas A&M-Commerce, which is an award presented to an up-and-coming young coach who is a graduate of the college.
Upon graduating from Texas A&M-Commerce with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and sports studies, Spain’s first coaching job was at Eustace Junior High School as a physical education teacher and head volleyball coach. She also coached basketball and track in the one year she was there before leaving for Athens.
At Athens, Spain also served as head girls track coach and as assistant girls basketball coach.
In addition to her public education experience, Spain has also conducted camps/clinics throughout the east and north Texas area and coached various club teams.
Spain completed her master’s degree in education administration at Lamar University.
She has a daughter, Harper (6).