Legendary Girls Multiple State Championships Coach
Basketball, Volleyball, Softball
September 15, 2021
It’s not a Hollywood movie-yet.
The story of Jo Lake’s life is the stuff great screenplays are made of though. Her journey from mom and housewife, to nursing school, to becoming one of the most prolific coaches in Michigan High School athletics is one that can only be labeled as unlikely and amazing.
Her stat line includes leading Holy Rosary and Kearsley to eight state high school championships. In the 1975-76 school year, her Holy Rosary teams incredibly won state Class D titles in basketball, volleyball and softball. She also had two more state titles in each of those sports at Holy Rosary and two state Class A volleyball titles at Kearsley. In 1979, Lake was named National High School Volleyball Coach Of The Year.
But none of the is even close to the whole story. Along the way she led the fight for the elevation of girls sports to a position of respect and equality, fought and beat cancer, changed the way Blue Cross handles prosthetics for women, and demonstrated just how much one highly motivated person can do to change the world.
It’s all here in this exceptional episode of “Fish and The Flint Chronicles”!