Brimley Volleyball

Brimley VolleyballFrom the MHSAAs "Legends of the Games" series

With the passage of Title IX, several new sports were implemented at schools to create new opportunities for girls to compete. Volleyball was one of these newly added sports and by the late 1970s, dozens of schools around the U.P. were fielding teams.

Brimley High School created a new volleyball team for girls at the school. Charles Compo became the coach of the team, though he had no previous experi­ence coaching the sport. Compo decided to take his team to tournaments in Lower Michigan, where there was tougher competition. Both he and his players learned the game together and over the next few years developed into the most dominant volleyball program in the U.P.

Brimley VolleyballFrom the MHSAAs "Legends of the Games" series

At that time, the U.P. tournament was Open Class, meaning that Brimley was competing against schools with much bigger enrollments. But this fact did little to intimidate Chuck Compo and his team. In 1981, the Bays took their first U.P. title, defeating Watersmeet. It was the beginning of an amazing run. The team won the next four U.P. titles, defeating Ironwood in 1982 & 1983 and Bessemer in 1984 & 1985. They would win two more Open Class titles in 1987 & 1988. In 1991, under the reins of Coach Walter Hyvarinen, the team won the first Class D U.P. volleyball title.

Chuck Compo, Brimley Volleyball CoachChuck CompoCharles Compo retired in 1990 with an amazing record of 408 victories and only 74 losses. His teams won nine conference championships and seven regional championships. He was U.P. coach of the year in 1984 and the Michigan Interscholas­tic Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1988. In addition to winning the U.P. tour­nament, in 1988, the Brimley Bays were ranked #1 in the State for Class D and ranked in the top 10 Coaches poll for 9 years. Seventeen of Compo's players would earn All-State honors, a total of 32 times.

Brimley Volleyball

Brimley Volleyball

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