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A coach for two seasons: Jessy Bendik to lead Midview volleyball team as well as girls basketball

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Midview athletic director Dan May thinks so much of Jessy (Verhoff) Bendik he hired her twice.

Bendik was named Middies’ girls basketball coach June 6, replacing Rob Overy, who left after two seasons. Wednesday she was given the keys to another Midview program, being approved as the school’s volleyball coach by the school board last night.

“Jessy really impressed us during her interview,” May said. “She has a great vision for developing young student-athletes and is in a unique position with great playing credentials in both volleyball and basketball.”

Bendik, a 2000 Elyria High School graduate, was a standout athlete in high school and college. She scored 1,337 career points for the Pioneers’ basketball team before playing in college at Indiana State, where she was named team captain her senior year.

Bendik also excelled in volleyball, being named Lorain County Miss Volleyball in 1999. A few months later she added the Miss Basketball honor to her resume.

She runs a business, Hoops& Volleys, that teaches both sports at the entry level.

Bendik, who could not be reached for comment, was inducted into the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

May said Bendik’s taking charge of both programs at Midview is a natural fit.

“We are excited to have Jessy working with two programs,” he said. “She has the mindset and determination to handle it, and we will fully support her in her mission to lead both programs.”

Midview originally hired Paul Molnar to lead its volleyball program, but he resigned after one day. This opened the door for May to offer Bendik double duty.

“It’s not often you have someone with her skill set,” May said. “She can elevate both programs. Her first priority will be locking down two great assistants that will enable her to get going in both sports this summer and be able to carry that into the 2019-20 school year.”

Bendik previously coached volleyball at Open Door in 2016, earning Division IV Lorain County coach of the year honors.

Contact Mike Perry at (440) 329-7135 or macsportstalk@gmail.com.


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