Carolyn Leedy Carmichael
Described as a “Pioneer of Girls’ Sports” in times when no organized teams were available for girls, Carolyn Vickers initiated ideas and activities through physical education, which grew successfully for girls from the high school to the state level. “I always loved coaching track and I came to love coaching volleyball,” she explained. “As far as I’m concerned, volleyball, when played well, is as exciting a sport as there is.”
Vickers started the very successful volleyball program at Loudonville High School in 1973. Teams accumulated eight conference crowns, ten sectional championships, a state runner-up title in 1981, a state semi-finalist title in 1982, and finally, a State Volleyball Championship in 1991 as Loudonville’s first state trophy winner. Vickers’ years of coaching demonstrated 266 career wins and 69 losses. She also coached numerous all-state teams and was named both District IV Coach of the Year and OHSVCA State Runner-up Coach of the Year.
Vickers is noted for a philosophy that reinforces potential of her girls and taking advantage of all opportunities for achievements. She graduated from Shreve High School where she had been a cheerleader and active in intramural games. She attended Bowling Green State University. After one year, she transferred to Ashland University where she was a cheerleader, a member of the Womens’ Athletic Association, a homecoming queen, and a member of the all-star basketball team for three years.
She earned a B.S. in Education from Ashland University in 1961 and a Masters’ of Education from the College of Mount Saint Joseph.
Vickers began her teaching career at Wooster High School where she taught physical education, directed the Aquacade, and advised both the Girls’ Athletic Association and the cheerleading squad. Moving to the Loudonville area, Vickers physical education, health, and speech. She also advised the G.A.A. and coached track and volleyball. In addition to beginning the volleyball program, she also started the track team and experienced her first state level competition with an 880-relay team from L.H.S. She eventually coached track for seven year, winning conference titles and coaching more girls who qualified for state track meets.
Vickers has been an educator for the Loudonville/Perrysville School District for 33 years and has been active in many community organizations and events. She has three sons –Rob, an O.S.U. graduate, and Scott, and Tim, both graduates of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.