You don’t want to mess with U of L volleyball coach Anne Kordes when she has her game face on. From the moment her heels hit the court, she’s determined, stern and motivational, and she isn’t afraid to yell and smack her clipboard out of frustration, excitement or anger.
Now in her fifth season coaching U of L’s Women’s Volleyball — which she played for from 1996-98 — she’s led the No. 25-ranked team this year to an 8-0 record in the ACC and 14-4 overall.
Kordes’ upbringing was spiked with the sport: her father, Ron Kordes, coaches at Assumption and has brought home numerous titles over the years, including when his daughter was his star player.
Off the court, you’ll typically find Kordes caring for her nearly 2-year-old daughter Mary, grabbing takeout at her neighborhood Café Lou Lou, and sometimes behind the mic on any given karaoke night. (Ask her about the time when she sang with Salt-N-Pepa at the Barnstable-Brown Derby party.)
The volleyball team’s next match is against Notre Dame (1-7 ACC, 6-14 overall) tonight, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center. After that, there are three road matches against Virginia, North Carolina and NC State, and then they’ll be back at the Yum! Center for Pittsburgh on Nov. 6 and Virginia Tech on Nov. 8. Check out the rest of the schedule here.
Before Kordes runs more drills with the U of L ladies, she answered some very important questions …
What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
Oh, I have always wanted to put together a play kitchen set for a toddler that has over 1,000 pieces! My daughter’s 2nd birthday is Nov. 5, so I get to scratch that item off the list!
What poster was on your wall in junior high?
I was always a volleyball fan, but the sport was never marketed until Tom Selleck played for a short time on the men’s national team. USA Volleyball had a poster made, so I had a poster of Tom Selleck — mustache included — in his USA Volleyball uniform.
If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?
Tom Jurich, the athletic director at the University of Louisville. His love for this city, coupled with his creative vision and ability to bring people together to get things done, leads me to believe he would be most deserving.
What are your preferred pizza toppings?
Pepperoni and cheese.
If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
I like where I am right now, so I would say 39. (Although she just turned 40 yesterday — Happy Birthday, Anne!).
What famous person do people say you resemble the most?
(Current U of L volleyball player and Miss Kentucky) Katie George, but people say I have a better body.
Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?
My Mom, Belinda Johnson. She is smart, witty and sweet. She would make the experience memorable!
*A correction was made to this story. Katie George is not a former U of L player, she’s currently a senior this year.