I noticed we had a commenter that said Jesse Lugo wasn't a quality coach because of Del Valle's losing district record this year.
I believe our commenter forgot a crucial aspect of criticism: taking context into consideration.
Del Valle graduated 10 - yes 10 - athletes from last year's district co-championship team. That's debilitating in volleyball, considering teams suit up 11-13 players for varsity.
The Conquistadores, who also have been jinxed with injuries to key players, obviously are in a rebuilding year, as virtually every program goes through once in a while.
And unless you're Franklin volleyball - or your coach flat our recruits - then it's extremely difficult to remain on top.
However, Lugo's teams have been title contenders the past couple years.
Over the previous four seasons, Del Valle has a combined 54-8 record in District 2-4A and an 88-28 overall record.
Here's how the Conquistadores have finished in the district standings during that time:
•2004: Outright champion.
Granted, skilled athletes go a long way in winning games, but you have to have quality coaching for sustained success.
Sure, Del Valle is taking its lumps this season, but expect the Lugo-led Conquistadores to bounce right back up in 2009.