Posted/Updated: 7/12/2022 7:49:06 AM

Varsity volleyball honors: Northampton’s Sue Arndt is The Morning Call coach of the year

Sue Arndt is known for building volleyball programs from the ground up.

In the early ‘90s, Arndt helped lift the Emmaus girls team to a high level. She took over as head coach in 1995 and the Green Hornets won a district title that year.

Arndt then started the girls’ program at Catasauqua, where her two daughters attended high school. The Rough Riders reached the district finals seven years later.

After two stints at Dieruff — one with the girls and another with the boys — Arndt thought her high school coaching days were over. That was until the Northampton boys coaching position opened. She took over the program in 2018.

Just four years later, Arndt and her coaching staff helped the Konkrete Kids reach the top prize in local volleyball — a district championship.

For her efforts in building up Northampton, Arndt is the Morning Call All-Area boys volleyball coach of the year.

“Honestly, it’s always been the same thing: I coach to the highest player. I see each player on and off the court because I’m a big believer in building up our youth. We found a way to build them, not only to have worth on the court but off the court as well,” Arndt said. “The recipe is to be an all-in coach yourself, show up on time, lead by what you say and what you do as well, on and off the court.”

When she’s not coaching at the high school level, Arndt puts a lot of time into coaching Club Velocity’s A-Team. Several of her Konkrete Kids compete on her club team, which ultimately helped the players reach new heights this spring.

Following a PIAA semifinal finish, Arndt considers this year’s Northampton team to be her best ever.

“I asked them at our last practice how they felt about handing in their uniforms and it was Jackson Fehnel who said that we did everything we could this year and we accomplished so much. They will go down as my favorite team in my 31 years. Not because of the wins, but because of who they are and who they’ve become,” she said.

“I’m excited to see where they’re going after graduation. They’re going to continue to play throughout their life. For me it is the most memorable season, when you hear the ripple effect through the community; I’ve heard from so many people saying how much fun they were to watch. To watch the heart and hard work, whether they were losing or not, taught me to never discount anything.”

Dante Terenzio is a freelancer for The Morning Call.

 


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