When Polk State beat South Florida on Sept. 24 it marked the 100th win for volleyball Head Coach German Del Valle.
The players and assistant coaches recognized his achievement today at the end of the Polk State Tournament.
Del Valle said the 100th victory came as a surprise to him.
"I wasn't expecting this. For all the years I've been coaching volleyball I never kept track of my wins and my losses, but it's exciting to know that I've reached 100 here at Polk State."
Del Valle was quick to give credit to his players and assistant coaches.
"We have good players, and our assistant coaches have helped me to develop these players and help them to get to the next level. You can be a good coach, but you also have to have players who want to get better, and we have those players so that's important."
Del Valle started as an assistant coach at Polk State in the 2011-2012 season, in which the Eagles won their first Suncoast Conference championship and reached the state tournament for the first time in their history.
The following season, he took over as head coach and led the Eagles to the state tournament for the second year in a row.
Last season, Del Valle's Eagles advanced to the NJCAA Division 1 Volleyball National Championship for the first time in Polk State history. The Eagles entered the 16-team tournament seeded 12th and finished at number 10.
A native of Puerto Rico, Del Valle played at Vocational High School of Trujillo Alto. He then coached at Trujillo Alto as well as at the club and semiprofessional volleyball levels. He also served as athletic director at Baptist High School in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
He spent two years as co-director and head coach at Champions Volleyball Club in Orlando. There he led his 15-and-under team to a gold medal in the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics in Dallas in 2008.
In 2008, Del Valle formed the Top Select Volleyball Academy in Orlando, where he serves as director and coach. In 2012, he led his 18-and-under team to a gold medal in the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics.