Patrick K. Fenstermacher

Volleyball Club Director
Lehigh Valley

 

Patrick K. Fenstermacher
Volleyball Club Director
Lehigh Valley
Patrick Fenstermacher has developed the Push The Rock volleyball club into one of the top clubs in the Lehigh Valley area. He strives to provide a stable spiritual environment for athletes, coaches, and parents. He sees part of his job as combining coaching and teaching so that he can develop athletes that are encouraged to grow in mental and physical volleyball skills and are grounded with a spiritual set of values and morals.

Before coming on staff with Push The Rock in 2011, Patrick purchased his family farm and worked hard on the farm and in his business, PKF Industries, Inc.

Patrick played volleyball throughout high school at Brandywine Heights and his team won the 1985 first Berks County Champions. He went on to play for Penn State on both the competitive and club teams. He has continued to play and coach ever since.

Patrick attended church for many years with his wife, Gail, before he became a Christian. Gail prayed for him for years and many men, including Pastor Wilhite, discussed his need to follow Christ. It wasn’t until a powerful sermon on hell that all of the prayers and conversations made sense and he chose to become a Christian.

Degree
Bachelor Degree in Agriculture Mechanization
Masters Degree in Agriculture Engineering and Biological Sciences

Institution
The Pennsylvania State University

God is teaching me about…
Patience

Most valuable autograph:
Julius Erving, (NBA, Philadelphia 76ers)
Mike Schmidt (MLB, Philadelphia Phillies)

Favorite post-workout recovery food or drink is
Mountain Dew Live Wire

The professional athlete I most want to compete against is
Karch Kiraly, USA Women’s Volleyball Olympic coach

The best lesson I learned about sportsmanship was…
At age 49, at a volleyball scrimmage where the Push The Rock girls played against another. I have never seen such a contrast in the attitudes of two teams on a court at the same time. Our girls were excited, got onto their on-court “group hug” after every point and supported each other at every turn. The other team rolled their eyes when a teammate missed a shot, never gave any support to each other after winning points, and were openly hostile with each other. At the end of the match, two of the mothers from the other team got into a heated argument with each other, one accusing the other’s daughter of a poor attitude and threatening to leave the team. The whole event led me to three conclusions:
1. We have a great group of girls on this team who support each other and are learning what the concept of teamwork is all about. PTR may not always play like the best team in a tournament, but without a doubt they act like the best TEAM with the way they support each other. Just think back to the awesome night against Allegro when both teams got together for a photo.
2. We have a great set of parents and family who support the girls. We would never see something like I saw from the two mothers after the scrimmage. My daughter played for a team before PTR where every day was a drama with the girls and the parents – and it was without a doubt the most painful season of sports that we have ever endured.
3. Perhaps most importantly, it all starts from the top, with Patrick. He has set high expectations with the girls with the sort of behavior he expects and lets them know what he will not tolerate. These are life lessons that the girls will carry with them forever. We should all be proud – great girls, supportive parents and experienced coaching.

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