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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Longtime volleyball coach Jodi Bellamy inducted into Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Bellamy joins Herb Callan as only Goldendale coaches to enter WSCA Hall of Fame

 

November 15, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Larry and Jodi Bellamy pose for a picture shortly after Jodi was honored on Saturday at the SunDome. Larry's been one of her biggest supporters, almost never missing a match while also playing a big part in creating the team's highlight videos. Their daughter, Kylee Barnes, is an assistant coach on the team as well.

When Goldendale head volleyball coach Jodi Bellamy took over the lead role for the Timberwolves in 2001, one of her first goals was to build the program and improve the community support enough so that both sides of the bleachers in the GHS gym had to be pulled out for volleyball games.

It wasn't long before that happened, and it wasn't long before she turned the program into a South Central Athletic Conference powerhouse, recently returning home from her seventh trip to the state tournament in her 16 years leading the team.

Although there was something different about her return to Goldendale this year as opposed to the hundreds of times her and the team have made the familiar trek from the Valley and through Satus Pass to Goldendale.

She left with the team to Yakima last Thursday as head coach Jodi Bellamy, but returned with a new title, Hall of Fame head coach Jodi Bellamy.

Shortly before the state championship match Saturday afternoon in the SunDome in Yakima, Bellamy was honored by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association as the newest inductee into the Washington State Volleyball Hall of Fame.

She stood in the center court of the SunDome, receiving a plaque from HoF volleyball coach John LaFever, as dozens of Goldendale fans cheered and congratulated the coach on the award well deserved. Even though the Timberwolves had been knocked out of the bracket hours earlier, many fans in purple and gold hung around to witness just the second induction of a Goldendale coach into the Washington State Coaches Association (WSCA) Hall of Fame. She joined late Goldendale track and field coach Herb Callan, who was inducted in 2005.

The award was long overdue for one of the best and most consistent coaches in school history.

Every year since she took over at Goldendale in 2001, you could pretty much pencil the Timberwolves in as a lock to reach the SCAC District Tournament at the end of the regular season. She's led the Wolves to districts in 15 of her 16 seasons, along with seven trips to the state tournament.

To put into perspective how dominant and impressive the volleyball program's run has been since the turn of the century, its seven state appearances is more than double that of any other Goldendale team sport since 2000.

With all the league titles and postseason appearances, Bellamy is the last person to bring up her personal achievements and success, giving all the credit to the good group of girls always on her teams.

The Goldendale spikers also have earned the SCAC Sportsmanship award in four of the last five seasons and it isn't just about volleyball for the team's she's coached.

"The idea that she has standards, are important to her. She's unyielding in her expectations of good behavior, good attitude, and team-oriented philosophies," Goldendale assistant coach Tiffany Ferch said. "I just really appreciate that."

She had her team-first attitude long before taking over the helm of the Timberwolves in 2001.

Bellamy became the first female athlete in the Valley to score 1,000 points on the basketball court back in her high school days, and then Goldendale girls hoops coach Dennis Birney approached her about possibly honoring her for the achievement before a home game.

"Her comment was 'No, it's a team (achievement).' That was her attitude. She had a team-first attitude," Birney said.

Along with the notion that team work makes the dream work, she has also been able to bring her teams together with good chemistry which can be harder than it sounds with a group of high school girls.

"She made us trust in each other. We were really good teams because we got along," Ferch said.

Jaryd Cline

John LaFever presents Goldendale head coach Jodi Bellamy with her Hall of Fame plaque on Saturday at the SunDome.

"There's just some quality about Jodi that brings teams together," she said. "She makes it about the sport. She makes it about her team. Everything else is just noise."

Ferch is in her third year coaching at Goldendale, starting as the middle school coach in 2014 while spending the past two years as an assistant with the Timberwolves.

Her love of the sport drew Ferch to coaching, but was pulled in at the opportunity to be reunited with her former coach.

"Jodi was my coach (in high school) so I wanted to learn from the best," Ferch said. "And she is literally the best coach I've had."

"She's all about loyalty and dedication and hard work," Ferch said.

 

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