Anne Cote is celebrating her 30th year as a coach and builder in volleyball, a career which has included such honours as Volleyball Canada's women's coach of the year in 2005 and a Saskatchewan Volleyball life membership in 2006.
Anne was born in Edmonton in 1955 and as she reached high school level, won medals in track and field, badminton and basketball and then played senior softball and field hockey. The first team she coached was the A&A juvenile girls, who became provincial champions 10 times in 11 years from 1977 until 1987 and were silver medallists once nationally.
After playing with the Saskatchewan Huskies, where she was once a silver medallist and once a Canada West second all-star, she embraced coaching and this is her Saskatchewan team at the Canada Games in Quebec in 1983. The A&A team continued to be a picture of consistency and this is the 1984 provincial championship team. The Canadian team reached the gold medal final in the Under 18 nationals in 1984 and took the sliver medals.
Anne was coach of the under-18 team from Kindersley which went to Holland and France for international training and competition in April, 1985. She was recognized as Saskatchewan volleyball's women's coach of the year in 1989 and would win similar awards in five other seasons. Her coaching ability took her to the international scene and in 1998, she was working with volleyball players in Japan.
Her success at Aden Bowman Collegiate has been exceptional and this 2003 team is one of four which won city championships and one of three which won Saskatchewan 5A championships. Anne had the pleasure of coaching her daughter, Laura, at the under-20 nationals in 2005 and sports has always been a big part of life for her husband, Keith, and two other children, Tara and Andrew.
In 2005, she was also honoured with a Saskatchewan volunteer award. She and her Saskatoon friends competed in the 2005 World Masters Games at Edmonton in 2005.