Recently, Sandi Piantek was recognized for her outstanding career as a girls volleyball coach at Maloney High School in Meriden.
A new banner was unveiled between the Platt/Maloney junior varsity and varsity girls match on Oct. 2. The presentation by athletic director Robert McKee included moments of nostalgia, humor, and recognition of some incredible accomplishments.
One funny moment was the showing of the uniform the Maloney girls volleyball team used to wear. The one-piece romper-style uniform drew laughter from the crowd.
In attendance at the recognition ceremony were former teaching colleagues and players of Piantek. Many of her former players continued to be involved in volleyball. Some became volleyball coaches, some became officials, and many became mothers of volleyball players.
Piantek led Maloney to seven state championships and her teams won 220 matches while losing only 9. For her efforts, she was inducted into the state women’s volleyball Hall of Fame.
The banner hanging in Maloney’s new gymnasium is a testament of Piantek’s strong values, love of her players, great sportsmanship and hard work.
Congratulations were well-deserved for Piantek, who resides in Middlefield.