Rachel Van Dyk, talks to her team in a scrimmage last week at home.

IMLAY CITY — Rachel Van Dyk was named the new varsity volleyball coach at Imlay City recently.

She assumes the position from Dan Purvis, who stepped down from the job at the completion of last season.

Van Dyk previously served as an assistant coach for North Branch the past three seasons.

Her list of playing accolades is an impressive one to say the least. The former Michigan State University player was a two-time AVCA honorable mention All-America pick; a 2017 COSIDA first team Academic All-America selection; a 2014 and 2017 first team AVCA All-North Region choice; a 2016 and 2017 team co-captain; a member of the 2014 Big Ten All-Freshman team; 2015 MVP at Michigan State University; 2017 Hyatt Regency Invite All-Tournament team pick; 2016 WKU Invitational MVP; 2016 Spartan Classic All-Tournament team; and 2015 Holly Young Invitational MVP.

She also was rated the 22nd best high school player nationwide by 2014 PrepVolleyball.com plus was a PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American and Academic All-American.

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.