SALINEVILLE - It's 600 and counting for Wellsville volleyball coach Dan McKinstry.
The veteran volleyball coach celebrated the milestone as the Tigers won 25-23, 12-25, 25-15, 25-20 over Southern on Thursday.
He said he believes he is the fourth in the state to clear that mark. The Ohio High School Athletic Association does keep track of those records, but the list has not been updated in about a year. Salem's old volleyball coach Don Conser is among the volleyball coaches with more than 600 wins.
Wellsville volleyball coach Dan McKinstry talks with his team during a timeout on Thursday in Salineville. (Photo by Patti Schaeffer)
McKinstry, 62, said he believes his career began in 1978 at East Palestine where he spent 20 seasons in charge of the Bulldog volleyball program.
"I think I've been at it either 35 or 36 years," McKinstry said. "I'm not sure. It's been a long time."
While a lot of his peers have retired or gone on to do other things, McKinstry said he still enjoys coaching and has plenty of energy to keep up.
In his time he has seen the game change into almost something completely different from when he first started.
"In the '80s, we started introducing girls more into Junior Olympic programs and that changed things a lot," McKinstry said. "Then the rally scoring and the different rules that came with that came in about eight or nine years ago. When that started I was a purist and wasn't sure I would like it. But now, I see how it's more exciting for the fans and the girls playing."
He said one of the biggest changes he has had to adjust to in rally scoring is the margin for error.
"If you're down four to six points when it gets to 18 or 19, you can't come back as easily as you did in side-out scoring," McKinstry said.
The Tigers improved to 2-0 with the win.
Leading the way was Shayna Hamilton with 37 assists. Maleya Fultz added 13 kills and two aces. Sarah Skinner had eight kills, four aces and three blocks. McKenna Pierson had eight assists and four kills. Jayla Martin added 20 kills. Brittany Clendenning had four blocks, while Angelica Scarbino had 19 digs.
For the Indians (2-3), Hannah Brothers had 71 sets, 17 assists and 20 digs, while Abbey Smalley added 10 kills, 16 digs and 13 points.
Emily Jenkins had 11 kills, six digs, three blocks and 12 points.
Brandy Hunt added eight kills, 10 digs and 12 points, while Lynsey Michael had 28 digs.
Wellsville won the jayvee match 24-26, 25-16, 25-20. Cheyenne Corbin had 10 points for the Tigers. Mystic Beatty added 11 assists.
For Southern, Kenzie Mosti had 58 sets and 12 assists, while Mallory Keys had nine digs and nine points, and Casey Howdershelt had eight kills and seven points.
Wellsville hosts East Liverpool on Tuesday, while Southern plays at Sebring.