The architect of the powerful Nevada volleyball program has decided it is time for his nine-year journey with the Cubs to come to an end.
James Brockway resigned as Nevada’s head coach at the conclusion of the 2013 season after Nevada went 32-12 and made the state tournament. He coached at Nevada nine years and led the Cubs to their only two state tournament appearances in school history.
“(My wife) Beth and I moved to Iowa to start a family 27 years ago and it was a great choice,” Brockway said. “It has been a great place to raise our kids. Now that both of our girls – Melissa and Maggie – have graduated from college it is time to start the next phase of our lives. We have always had deep ties to Colorado and we will be moving back there in 2015. It takes a lot of planning to make this move and we did not feel it would be fair to try and coach next season with my mind on moving our family instead of moving the Cubs forward. So that is how we came to the decision of making this my last year as coach of the Cubs.”
The Cub coach added that it won’t be easy to leave Nevada behind.
“It is always hard to leave a community that has been so loving and supportive,” Brockway said. “The thought of not seeing everyone through their senior year tears at my heart strings. The community has really filled my last nine years with rewards beyond wins and losses. I have made many new friends, both young and old, and all of whom continue to enrich my life. Thank you Nevada for allowing me the privilege of working with your for the last nine years.”
Brockway took over a reeling Cub volleyball program in 2005. After going 229-127-45 in 13 years under Bill Schneider, the Cubs went through three coaches in six years prior to Brockway’s arrival and they compiled just a 77-97-14 record during that span.
Nevada went just 8-20 in 2004. In Brockway’s rookie campaign the Cubs hit rock bottom – finishing just 4-24.
But the Cubs pulled off a postseason shocker in 2006 – making it all the way to the Class 3A regional finals.
After that it didn’t take long for Brockway’s good-natured, energetic persona – along with his vast knowledge of the game of volleyball – to get things turned around.
After a strong 23-10 campaign in 2007 Nevada was ready to make history in 2008.
Led by a talented senior class the Cubs went 29-11 and reached the state tournament for the first time. Nevada won a thrilling five-set match against then top-five power Algona in the regional finals for the biggest win in school history to reach state.
Nevada managed to win another exciting five-set match over West Delaware in the 3A state quarterfinals before succumbing to eventual state champion Mount Vernon in the finals.
From there Nevada has remained one of the top programs in 3A under Brockway’s tutelage. The Cubs made three regional finals and won two Heart of Iowa Conference championships from 2009-13 and adding a second trip to state this fall was the icing on the cake.
“This was such a great way to finish up here in Nevada,” Brockway said. “I remember when these girls were all just fifth and sixth-graders playing this game in the winter. Later I met them for nine weeks of grueling fitness and jump training when they were in seventh and eighth grade because they wanted to do something between basketball and track. What a wonderfully motivated group this has always been. They truly embrace the goal of getting us back to the state tournament and it was my honor to ride along with them on that journey.”
Brockway’s career record is 405-172-9. Before coaching in Nevada Brockway coached at Ames, where he won four conference titles and made state four times, including the semifinals on one occasion.
At Nevada Brockway went 218-128 with two conference titles to go along with his two state tournament appearances. He ended up his career a four-time district Coach of the Year and three-time conference Coach of the Year.w