The Independence varsity volleyball team honored Coach Joe Schmitz Thursday night before the game with Benton Community. Coach Schmitz started his volleyball head coaching career in 1995 at Oelwein High School, he then coached Union High School in LaPorte City from 2002 until 2009. He then took over the head coaching job in Independence. Coach Schmitz recently won his 300th varsity match as a head coach on September 10th at the Jesup tournament vs. North Linn. To honor Coach Schmitz, the players presented him with a plaque commemorating that historic victory.