Contributor - 2008

IRENE FURNESS has coached volleyball at Corning West High School for the past 20 years. During her tenure as the head coach of the Vikings volleyball program, Irene's teams have captured four sectional championships and five regional championships. She was also at the helm of the program when they finished second in the New York State Tournament, not once but twice. But, the crowning glory of her coaching career came in 1997 when she guided the West High Vikings to the State Championship. Her achievements have earned her the respect as one of the top coaches in the entire state. Many of her players have gone on to very productive careers at various college programs and some have even followed her footsteps into the coaching ranks at both the high school and college levels. Irene will also be joining a number of her former players as a member of the C­PP Sports Hall of Fame.