Former Maroons leader Deterding returns

Former Maroons leader Deterding returns

CHAMPAIGN — The next Champaign Central volleyball coach knows quite well what it took for the Maroons to capture their most recent sectional championship, back in 1994.

He was the man in charge at the time, after all.

Mike Deterding has been confirmed as Central's next volleyball leader, starting a second stint with the club 20 years after his first one concluded.

"Mike has a wealth of knowledge as it relates to volleyball," Maroons athletic director John Woods said. "He's focused on building a culture that is all about kids. He's all about developing kids into volleyball players as well."

Deterding's last leadership position saw him at Monticello for three seasons, ending with the 2016 season. Among his prior stops was a four-year run at Central from 1994 through 1998.

During that tenure, the Maroons won more than 20 matches twice and secured two regional plaques, in addition to their last sectional trophy.

"Mike is the godfather of volleyball in this area," Woods said. "His ability to teach in a way that kids can learn, it's really going to have an impact on all of our kids."

Deterding replaces Manny Rodriguez, who helped Central to a pair of regional crowns during his two years at the helm.

Deterding's first regular-season action in his return to the Maroons will come at Libertyville, where Woods is to become the next AD this summer.