|Posted/Updated: 7/22/2021 9:20:52 AM|
Trumbauer helped Parkland boys volleyball"s talented seniors secure elusive district gold
By Desmond Boyle | For lehighvalleylive.com
Coming into the 2021 season, Parkland boys volleyball coach Scott Trumbauer knew that motivation was never going to be a question.
The Trojans" three senior captains, John Siggins, Jordan Lewis and Mason Bergstein, came into the season less than a week after they reached the district title game in another sport.
"The kids really respected the three of them. They were all coming off of a successful basketball season, which saw them fall a little short in the district final," Trumbauer said. "From a leadership perspective, they were really leading through the fact that it was their last opportunity to win a district championship."
Trumbauer helped his team take advantage of that opportunity this spring.
For guiding Parkland (21-3) to its first district title in five years, Trumbauer is the lehighvalleylive.com Boys Volleyball Coach of the Year.
It's the second time Trumbauer has won the award. He also received the honor in 2015 when the Trojans took home the PIAA Class 3A title.
"I said to my wife, 'With all the scheduling stuff we were trying to do and the pressure the kids were feeling, this is the hardest I've coached in my entire life." It wasn't as much of a pressure situation, but the group meant so much to me," Trumbauer said.
The respect between Trumbauer and his team is mutual.
"I gave Coach Trumbauer the 'shirt off my back' award, which football players give out to somebody who helped them for a long time. I gave that to him my senior year," Siggins said. "We built an awesome relationship that I can call him right now, if I need something; he would help me out for sure. I love the guy."
Siggins, the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference MVP, racked up 179 kills and 57 blocks at middle hitter. Bergstein provided 684 assists at setter. Lewis added another 190 kills at outside hitter as the Trojans marched into the EPC tournament as the top seed with a 17-1 record.
Parkland hit its first major roadblock of the season when it dropped a five-set heartbreaker to Emmaus in the EPC final.
Moments after watching a rival take home the league title, Trumbauer helped his team regroup with what he described as an 'emotional talk' in the basement of Rockne Hall.
"This year it never snowballed into the next practice. If we had a bad practice or a bad game, it was just onto the next one," Siggins said. "Especially when we lost the EPC final, I know we had a huge talk. I thought it was all over, but he just told me, 'Even though this would've been nice, this is not what we want. We want the district title." After that, we just picked it all up and we wanted the district title even more.
The Trojans started their run in the District 11 3A tournament with a 25-22, 25-8, 25-16 win over Liberty. Parkland then avenged its only regular-season loss with an impressive 25-16, 25-16, 25-23 win over Whitehall.
"That Whitehall match was almost like a blur to some degree. I anticipated us playing well, I was obviously hoping for us to play well, and I don't know if I could"ve imagined us playing as well as we did," Trumbauer said.
Trumbauer knew that victory set his team up to end a five-year district title drought against the Green Hornets.
"You could just tell the kids were focused and had the perfect mindset moving to play an Emmaus team who had just beaten us a couple days before. Volleyball is a very emotional sport, like all sports are, and the mental aspect will either carry you or make you collapse," the longtime coach said.
Parkland defeated Emmaus 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20 to take home district gold.
Siggins, who will play football at East Stroudsburg University, credited the win to Trumbauer"s dedication to match preparation.
"He broke down every, single game so that we can watch tape. He printed out and showed where all the hitters hit the ball, visually that showed us where to block," Siggins said. "When we played Emmaus in the district final, it wasn't even really close. Same thing with the semifinal. We dominated that whole game because Coach Scott broke it down position by position."
While the Trojans were eliminated in the first round of the state tournament by eventual PIAA runner-up Central Dauphin, the district title was a great bounce back from the lost season in 2020.
"Having watched the replay and seeing the kids" reactions, seeing them swarm each other; we've been fortunate enough to have this feeling before, but this one was definitely a little different from the emotional standpoint," Trumbauer said. "The medal presentations and the hugs that you give the kids at the end of the year, you just feel the monkey getting off their back."
Five years earlier, Trumbauer watched his team lift the District 11 trophy for the third straight season. In 2021, he watched three all-star seniors end their time at Parkland with the title they deserved.
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