For the past 12 years, Lindsay head volleyball coach Bridget Anderle has led her team to district titles, regional tournament berths and most recently a spot in the Class 2A state championship game.

The Lady Knights came as close as they possibly could have before falling 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 18-25, 16-14.

Anderle is retiring on a high note makes it a little bit easier for her to leave.

“We did get to play in the state championship game in 2014, but we didn't get as close as we did this year,” Anderle said. “And honestly, when I started coaching volleyball with all the years that I have coached, I never really even thought I would go to state. And there was a while there, I didn't think I'd go to regionals but to make it to regionals 10 years in a row and seven years to the finals. That's rewarding, but that's also unique.”

Anderle said the team’s run to the state title game was a product of a whirlwind of factors.

“To have a team come together and give their heart and soul to everything I asked, and not only that, but give their heart and soul to each other and be all for the same goal was incredible,” Anderle said. “It was never about any individual. And that was very rewarding for me as a coach. We were one for all and all for one. I've always talked about sacrifice and how as an individual, you have to sacrifice for the team for us to be successful. And that's been a quote of mine. Team success requires sacrifice and we lived it. We breathed it.”

Anderle also steps down as the head track coach and she also helped lead the girls team to a regional championship last season.

As for what Anderle will miss most about coaching, she said it all boiled down to her interaction with her kids.

“There's no replacement for that,” Anderle said. “Not just on the court and in practice and on the field, but in the classroom. It's just rewarding to an individual to have any impact on kids in a positive way. To see that the discipline that you've instilled in them and they use that to get better at things to be more successful. I've been very demanding over the years but these kids at Lindsay have stepped up to the plate and did what I asked them to do. That's led to our success not only in the classroom, but also in sports.”

Head softball coach Robin Hess has been Andrele’s assistant volleyball coach all 12 years and she said she could see her impact on kids.

“She expects a lot out of the kids as far as being disciplined and their work ethic and things like that,” Hess said. “And that's basically what Lindsay is about, where we're about our kids being disciplined in every sport that we do and working hard to get better every time we play. That was something all of us coaches try to instill in into our athletes and she was one of those that enforced it.”

For the past 12 years, Lindsay head volleyball coach Bridget Anderle, has led her team to district titles, regional tournament berths and most recently a spot in the Class 2A state championship game.

The Lady Knights came as close as they possibly could have before falling 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 18-25, 16-14.

Anderle is retiring on a high note makes it a little bit easier for her to leave.

“We did get to play in the state championship game in 2014, but we didn’t get as close as we did this year,” Anderle said. “And honestly, when I started coaching volleyball with all the years that I have coached, I never really even thought I would go to state. And there was a while there, I didn’t think I’d go to regionals but to make it to regionals 10 years in a row and seven years to the finals. That’s rewarding, but that’s also unique.”

Anderle said the team’s run to the state title game was a product of a whirlwind of factors.

“To have a team come together and give their heart and soul to everything I asked, and not only that, but give their heart and soul to each other and be all for the same goal was incredible,” Anderle said. “It was never about any individual. And that was very rewarding for me as a coach. We were one for all and all for one. I’ve always talked about sacrifice and how as an individual, you have to sacrifice for the team for us to be successful. And that’s been a quote of mine. Team success requires sacrifice and we lived it. We breathed it.”

Anderle also steps down as the head track coach and she also helped lead the girls team to a regional championship last season.

As for what Anderle will miss most about coaching, she said it all boiled down to her interaction with her kids.

“There’s no replacement for that,” Anderle said. “Not just on the court and in practice and on the field, but in the classroom. It’s just rewarding to an individual to have any impact on kids in a positive way. To see that the discipline that you’ve instilled in them and they use that to get better at things to be more successful. I’ve been very demanding over the years but these kids at Lindsay have stepped up to the plate and did what I asked them to do. That’s led to our success not only in the classroom, but also in sports.”

Head softball coach Robin Hess has been Andrele’s assistant volleyball coach all 12 years and she said she could see her impact on kids.

“She expects a lot out of the kids as far as being disciplined and their work ethic and things like that,” Hess said. “And that’s basically what Lindsay is about, where we’re about our kids being disciplined in every sport that we do and working hard to get better every time we play. That was something all of us coaches try to instill in into our athletes and she was one of those that enforced it.”

Patrick Hayslip can be reached at sports@gainesvilleregister.com or on Twitter at @PatrickHayslip

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