The 2003 St. Paul graduate is among the nine who will be formally inducted into the hall on Friday at a dinner that kicks off homecoming weekend at BW. The group also will be introduced prior to Saturday’s 2 p.m. kickoff vs. Wilmington College at George Finnie Stadium.
After transferring from Ashland University to BW, Kalizewski became arguably one of the best players in program history — despite playing only two seasons for the Yellow Jackets.
She helped BW compile a 48-19 record, win an Ohio Athletic Conference regular season co-title in 2006 and advance to the OAC championship match in 2005. Kalizewski had 2,591 set assists in two seasons, and averaged more than 10 set assists per match.
She also had 268 career kills, 798 defensive digs and 182 total blocks.
After transferring to BW from AU in the fall of 2005, she earned two varsity letters, was a team captain as a senior, a two-time first-team All-OAC and first-team Division III All-Great Lakes Regional selection — and was named as the 2006 Shelia Wallace-Kovalchik OAC Volleyball Player of the Year.
Kalizewski also was a three-time All-tournament team selection, a two-time OAC Player of the Week and a two-time Division III All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
As a senior at St. Paul in the fall of 2002, she helped the Lady Flyers to a perfect season (29-0) and the program’s first-ever district, regional and state championship trophies in Div. IV. She was a three-time All-Ohio selection, including twice to the first team (2001, 2002). Her 47 assists in the state title match in 2002 still ranks fifth in program history, while her 734 assists that season ranks seventh-best. Her 1,942 assists over three seasons is second in St. Paul history.
Today, Kalizewski teaches at Pleasant Elementary and has been the head coach of the volleyball team since 2010.
After spending time as an assistant under longtime coach Grace Hutchinson (552 wins), Kalizewski has more than maintained the Norwalk program as an area and state power.
Prior to this season, Norwalk has averaged a 22-5 record in Kalizewski’s first seven years as coach. That includes seven Northern Ohio League titles, a 76-match league win streak, three district championships, two regional runners-up — and the program’s only Division II state runners-up trophy .
Norwalk reached the state championship match in 2012 after advancing to the state semifinals for the third time (1993, 2002) in program history.
Prior to Thursday’s match at Shelby, Norwalk is 11-6 (8-1 SBC Lake) to give Kalizewski a 163-42 record at the school.