Head Coach Sara Wakefield
Now with one full season under her belt, Head Coach Sara Wakefield begins her second season at the helm of the Bluffton College volleyball program. In 1999 she posted a 14-20 overall record in her first season of collegiate coaching, and in 2000 the goal is to take BC back to the top of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference where the Beavers earned a runner-up trophy in 1998.
Not far removed from her days as a player for the Beavers, Wakefield graduated from Bluffton in 1998 and spent one season as a mathematics teacher and head volleyball coach at Lakota High School in Kansas, Ohio. As a player at BC she played for Hall of Fame coach Dr. Kim Fischer, who compiled a 521-229 record in 19 seasons.
During her four years as a starting middle hitter, Bluffton posted a 114-57 record and were selected for three three NCAA Regional Tournament appearences, those coming in 1994, 1995 and 1997.
Wakefield garnered a host of accolades during her career. As a sophomore she was named first team All-Association of Mideast Colleges in BC's last season in that conference. She was named to the NCAA Great Lakes Region first team following her senior season and was also named Academic All-Region. She was named the Bluffton College Female Athlete of the Year in 1998.
In her academic career at BC Wakefield was named the 1998 Distinguished Scholar in Mathematics and was on the Academic Dean's List with Continued Distinction for 10 quarters. She served on the 1996 NCAA Life Skills Committee and has served on the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee since 1997.
Wakefield, who is working towards her masters degree in health, physical educationa and recreation at Bowling Green State University, lives in Bluffton with her husband Vince, a 1997 BC graduate and four-year member of the baseball program.