Andrew boys volleyball coach Troy Hari. | Supplied photo
Updated: January 24, 2013 6:02AM
Troy Hari is the boys varsity volleyball coach at Andrew High School in Tinley Park. He also coaches the girls sophomore team. Hari is a graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School and Lewis University. He started teaching and coaching at Andrew in 1999.
Why or how did you originally get into coaching?
Both of my parents were coaches and teachers, so they had the biggest influence on me. Also, since high school, I always wanted a career where I could be involved in sports and competition. Finally, I was fortunate enough to play volleyball at Lewis. Volleyball is such a passion for me that I wanted to pass my knowledge and love for the game to aspiring athletes.
Have you seen high school sports change since you started coaching? If so, how?
The sport of volleyball has changed since I have been coaching. When I first started coaching, the athletes could not hit the net on the serve. The games were played to 15 points, so no rally scoring, and there was no libero position. I believe the changes have made the game faster, more intense and exciting.
If you had free rein to do so, would you change anything about boys volleyball in the IHSA (rules change, classes)? High school sports in general?
I don’t think there should be different classes. I believe that there should be one state champion.
Do you have any favorite game, memory, player or practice story?
I have two favorite games. The first was when my sophomore girls were playing Lockport. I believe they were undefeated at the time. After losing the first set 25-1, my girls rallied back to win the next two sets. The final set was 26-24. The other match was against Sandburg. We were playing for the sectional semifinals. As a head coach, we had never beaten Sandburg over a 10-year period. After splitting the first two sets, we were down 24-23 in the final set, but we ended up upsetting Sandburg 26-24 (in the 2008-09 season).
Players like playing certain teams/opponents. Do you have a favorite match/rivalry you look forward to?
Anytime we play Sandburg and Lincoln-Way North.
On the sidelines, what are you most proud of as a coach?
I am most proud of my kids when they exhibit teamwork, demonstrate sportsmanship, exude school pride and play without fear.
As told to Tim O’Brien