Amy Ratzlaff

Email: amyr@tabor.edu

Phone: 620-947-3121 ext. 1310

Length of time at Tabor: Since 1999

Athletic background

I began my collegiate career as a player at Bethel College. We won two conference championships and I was awarded KCAC player of the year in 1994. Tabor Volleyball has been consecutive KCAC Champions for six years: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. We’ve advanced to the regional tournament in ‘03, ‘05, ‘06 and I was awarded Coach of the Year in ‘01, ‘02, ‘03.

Of the 70 women I have had the privilege to work with, 19 have continued on to coach volleyball at different levels.

Academic background

I have my teaching degree and taught in the public school system for 5 years.

Family

I am married with 4 children. I also grew up and now live in Hillsboro, KS.

Coaching style

My goal as a coach is to create a playing field where all athletes can grow and play at the top of their ability. Our everyday team atmosphere is a desire to follow Philippians 4:8: Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. I believe that if we follow those principles and are focused on excellence, the winning becomes the reward for a job well done.

What is special about athletics at Tabor?

I enjoy the relationships that I am allowed to form with my players on and off the court. I believe the athletes are surrounded by great people which results in students leaving Tabor with a tremendous support system behind them.

How do you integrate faith into your coaching?

To me, personal growth is the one thing I desire the most for my players. Athletics has a way of empowering women to have a confident voice. As they become more confident, their desire to grow becomes apparent. We provide many opportunities for the players to grow through devotions, prayer partners, and bible studies.