Coach Bechard Speaks at Lawrence Retirement Community

Jan. 12, 2011


Head volleyball coach Ray Bechard joined residents of Presbyterian Manor for breakfast and to speak with them about KU volleyball on Wednesday morning during their monthly men’s breakfast program.

Coach Bechard spoke about his journey to KU from his hometown of Grinnell, Kan. (He said when he and about 30 of his family members returned home at Christmas, it doubled Grinnell’s population.). He also talked to the group about the positive outlook for KU volleyball in 2011.

“It was a treat to share part of my morning with the great people at Presbyterian Manor,” Bechard said. “I was grateful for the warm reception they gave me. The enthusiasm they have for Kansas Athletics was quite evident.”

Linda Fyler, activity director at the retirement community, invited Coach Bechard to the event.

“We have a loyal group of residents who attend several volleyball matches every fall,” Fyler said. “They sit in the front row, cheer for their team and hope a t-shirt is thrown their way. We’re so appreciative that Coach Bechard took the time to come visit. We have a huge fan base for KU among our residents and they really enjoyed meeting him.”

Many of the residents who attended the program were knowledgeable KU volleyball fans, and a few remarked that they had played volleyball back in the 1930s.

“I’m looking forward to attending some matches next season,” said Myrle Hemenway, 94, manor resident and father of former KU Chancellor Bob Hemenway, who was also in attendance.

The KU volleyball team begins spring training on March 7.