It's a good thing for Rick Tatrn that the WPIAL did not schedule volleyball playoff matches for Saturday.
"I'm being inducted into the Alle-Kiski Valley Sports Hall of Fame [Saturday]," said Tatrn, who is in his 44th season as boys volleyball coach at Deer Lakes High School. "I told the [hall of fame] selection committee that if there was a conflict with any playoff matches, that I would have to miss the induction ceremony."
Tatrn is one of eight individuals who will be honored in the 44th class of inductees at 7 p.m. Saturday at New Kensington's Clarion Hotel.
"It's great to be honored, but I didn't go into coaching with the thought of being inducted into halls of fame," said Tatrn, who is already a member of the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. "I'm here for the kids."
Tatrn is a 1965 graduate of the former East Deer-Frazier High School, which later merged with West Deer to become Deer Lakes. He played football for the Bucks, but wasn't exposed to volleyball until he attended college.
It's no surprise that Tatrn has lost track of the number of playoff teams he's coached at Deer Lakes. But the Lancers have qualified for the WPIAL playoffs 14 of the past 15 years.
Deer Lakes earned its most recent playoff berth by placing second in Class AA Section 2 with an 8-2 record. The Lancers only two section losses were to Derry Area, last year's WPIAL runner-up.