COLUMBUS — K.C. Belitz didn’t get into coaching the way most people do.
His friend was desperate for a freshman volleyball coach at Lakeview High School and decided to ask Belitz, who agreed to take the position, launching a coaching career now in its 20th season.
Belitz became the team's head coach in 2007 and has led Lakeview to a 206-97 record in 10 seasons.
The Columbus native attended Columbus High School and is president of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, where he’s worked for 16 years.
The 48-year-old and his wife Colleen have one daughter, Emerson, who graduated from Scotus Central Catholic in May.
Q: What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
A: I was the Platte County Spelling Bee champion in sixth grade at West Park Elementary.
Q: What is a philosophy you believe strongly in?
A: In terms of coaching, I think it is that coaching has to be about more than the game or it's just not worth the effort.
Q: Do you like to travel? Favorite vacation?
A: I love to travel, but haven't done as much since I became head coach and especially with a child in high school the last four years. I'd say our favorite vacation was probably a week in Mexico, but we've spent the most time in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, both summer and winter, and have always loved that, too.
Q: What are you afraid of?
A: That's quite a list, but we'll narrow it down. I'm afraid of "dropping the ball" on some project or responsibility — that's a bad feeling.
Q: What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation (other than the sport you coach)?
A: Community and economic development work and how that looks for the future.
Q: How would you describe your sense of humor?
A: Somewhere between dry and sarcastic.
Q: A successful career would mean?
A: Accomplishing something worthwhile in any career. I think in coaching, that means building relationships with coaches and players that mean something long-term.
Q: Do you believe you should always root for the hometown team?
A: No, of course not. Loyalties in sports (or anything) come from a wide range of experiences and personal preferences, so I don't think geography is the only driver.
Q: What is the No. 1 thing that makes a relationship work?
A: Empathy, understanding the other person.
Q: Does the end justify the means in every situation?
A: Nope, but I believe it does hold true in some situations.
Q: Do you believe in unspoken rules?
A: I'd say there's no question that every organization, family, team, etc. has a set of unspoken rules. That's not always ideal, especially if you're new, but it's just inevitable and really, just out of expediency, it probably makes sense that not every rule needs to be spoken or written down.