Kim Rahar, Kaskaskia College’s Head Volleyball Coach, has been named Coach of the Year for 2012 by the Great Rivers Athletic Conference (GRAC) and the NJCAA Region 24. Rahar’s 2012 team won both the GRAC and Region 24 titles this year, with a record of 34-8. The conference and region titles in the same year are a first for a Blue Angels Volleyball Team.
“I am thrilled by winning the Coach of the Year honors in only my fifth year of coaching,” Rahar said, “but I have to credit the team. They are a great group of girls. This season would not have been possible without their dedication.”
Not only did Rahar win in only her fifth season in her first head-coaching position, she did so soon after the birth of her first child, son Riddick, in October 2011. How can a new mother juggle caring for an infant while keeping her focus on building a championship team? “Family,” Rahar said. “My family, my husband’s family, my team, who I consider family, and even the KC family all helped us out in every way they could, bringing Riddick to the games and practices, taking care of him while I was away, and even making scheduling changes to make it easier. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Kim Rahar is not a hired gun brought in to turn the program around. She is a local, from Breese, and received a volleyball scholarship while in Breese Central High School to play for SWIC. After graduating from SWIC, she attended Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and played volleyball for two years until an injury sidelined her. She was named All Great Lakes Valley Conference First Team, GLVC Player of the Year, and was on the All American Second Team in 2006. Rahar averaged 4.52 points per game for SIU-E in 2006 and registered 3.75 kills per game. She played in 73 games that the year and led the league in blocks with 1.38 per game. She was twice named GLVC Player-of-the-Week during the season and guided the Cougars to the conference regular season title with a 16-0 record. She graduated from SIU-E with a Bachelor of Arts and science degree in Sociology. Rahar served as an assistant volleyball coach at St. Rose Elementary School before taking over the reins at Kaskaskia College.
Although she sometimes travels to recruit her players, Rahar believes in local players. “Volleyball is a very strong sport in this area,” she said. “Within the college district I can find girls capable of winning at this level.”
Rahar is determined to keep up the team’s winning ways. “We want to continue to win. With the returning players, and when recruiting new prospects, that is my focus.”