LYNDEN — Lynden Christian volleyball coach Kim Grycel is calling it a career. Grycel is retiring as head coach of the Lyncs program after 25 years, the school announced Friday.
During her time leading the program, the Lyncs made 23 consecutive trips to the state tournament, earned 20 state trophies and won three state titles.
In her final season as head coach, the Lyncs posted a perfect 13-0 record, winning the Northwest Conference.
Grycel surpassed more than 500 career wins and was voted Northwest Conference Coach of the Year 12 times. She was named Class 1A State Volleyball Coach of the Year twice and NFHS Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2016. In 2017, she was inducted into the Washington State Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Grycel said the following in a press release:
“During the past 25 years, I have been blessed to be the Head Coach of Lynden Christian Volleyball. I have been supported by many assistant coaches through the years, most notably long-time assistants Kelly DeJong, Malorie Tjoelker, Kelsie Heystek and Janelle Draayer. They have faithfully walked this journey with me and our players, making memories every step of the way. Through the highs and the lows, long phone calls and nights texting, scouting sessions, road trips, and our home away from home, the SunDome, we built friendships which are my most important treasures. The players that have donned the LYNCS volleyball uniforms should be proud of their perseverance, hard work, dedication, and Christ-like attitudes both on and off the court. I would also like to thank the parents of the athletes, the school, and the community that have cheered us on throughout this journey. Together, we have developed a program that is recognized as one of the top volleyball programs across the state. I know the upcoming volleyball players will continue to work hard, have fun, and play for God. Thank you for the memories, prayers, support, and love.”