We could list all of the amazing accomplishments of this great woman that have been shared nationally this morning. From being a scorer at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles to receiving the 2012 International Volleyball Hall of Fame Mintonette Medallion of Merit Award.
But what hasn’t really been shared is ‘ impact on volleyball officiating – not only in our tight-knit circle – but internationally as well. If you referee volleyball, we can guarantee that you have been impacted or influenced by Pat one way or another. For most, your mentor, coach or teacher was a student of Pat Demers.
Kathy Ferraraccio travels overseas almost on a yearly basis to teach referees how to officiate volleyball. Kathy was a student of Pat Demers.
If you think you’ve received sound advice as a referee, it was probably something that your mentors heard from Pat Demers.
Two years ago, we initiated the Patricia Demers High School Coach of the Year Award. We are so proud that Pat was on hand to present the inaugural award to Kathy McBride of Central High School. Then last year, Tyler Wingate of Westfield High School was the recipient of the award. The Western New England Board of Volleyball Officials will continue to honor Pat Demers by distributing the award on a yearly basis.
So I say to all volleyball officials everywhere: Pat Demers would not want us to mourn her passing. What she would want, is for us to celebrate her life… because after all, for many of us, life without volleyball would be hard to imagine.
Thank you Pat for the long rides to the Berkshires, Burlington, VT. and beyond. Thank you for the referee assignments and for the recommendations to work matches we probably didn’t deserve at the time. Thank you for helping us grow to be the best versions of ourselves.
Thank you for showing us how it’s supposed to be done right.
Rest in peace Patricia, we’ve got it from here.
We are excited to announce the inaugural MASSACHUSETTS GIRLS ALL-STATE SHOWCASE presented by MGVCA and the International Volleyball Hall of Fame on Monday, November 20th at Westborough High School where we will celebrate the top players in the state as selected by the MGVCA membership.
Every all-state selection is invited to participate in their division’s showcase match and will be presented with their All-State plaques.
- Division 3 – 6pm
- Division 2 – 7pm
- Division 1 – 8pm
We hope you will join us on November 20th for this terrific end-of-season event!
- Adults: $10
- Students/Seniors: $5
- Children under 6: Free
Congratulations to MGVCA’s President Emeritus on his 500th victory! Rob’s Sacred Heart HS volleyball team defeated Avon HS on September 26th.
Hall of Fame Induction will be October 15 at Granite Links, tickets are $55 and can be purchased by contacting Robin Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-312-3841.
Congratulations to the MGVCA Hall of Fame Class of 2017!
- Fabian Ardilla, Weston
- Michelle Geary Hopkinson, Reading Memorial
- Rob Mahoney, Academy of Notre Dame
- George Mulry, Longmeadow
- Al Mirabile, Milton
- Veronica Mulholland Schaefer, North Andover
- Pat Cawley, Canton
- Karen Arsenault, Fairhaven
A third bout with cancer is forcing a legendary Milford High School volleyball coach to step down after more than four decades, 700 victories and countless students’ lives touched.
Riley James of Barnstable HS and the 2016-17 Gatorade Massachusetts Volleyball Player of the Year was recently awarded the “$10,000 Gatorade/Play it Forward Spotlight Grant” as her essay was chosen from 50 contestants nationwide and has been donated to the Cape Cod Champs, a local program of the Special Olympics of Massachusetts with whom she volunteers.