AuBuchon gets the Hall of Fame nod


Long-time Bismarck High School Coach Paula AuBuchon is getting ready to hang up her whistle after this season.  She will be retiring after a marvelous 27-year career.  She has earned accolade after accolade during her tenure at Bismarck which can be evidenced by the multiple banners hanging in the gym.

However, Coach AuBuchon recently learned of another honor last Friday.  She will join the 2017 class of inductees into the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

AuBuchon has this to say about this career achievement, “I would have to say I was in a little bit of shock because I was not expecting anything else volleyball related for the remainder of this school year.”  She was stunned that someone nominated her for the award.

Over the course of Coach AuBuchon’s career, she amassed a record of 528-196-15.  After being a player for Lesterville and becoming a state champion there, she went on to compete in collegiate volleyball at Mineral Area College.

During her coaching career, the Lady Indians Volleyball Team won 14 district titles plus nine MAAA regular-season championships and five conference tournament crowns.  Seven teams reached the state quarterfinal round under Coach AuBuchon, and the 2000-01 team marked a breakthrough for the Lady Indians with an appearance at the MSHSAA final four.

When Coach AuBuchon was asked how she felt about being a part of the Hall of Fame she said, “I am honored, of course. At the same time, it has caused me to reflect on my career over the weekend, and I have to give credit to my assistants and my players for all the successes we have had on the court and off. I worked with outstanding student athletes, and my assistants were always as passionate about volleyball as I was.”

Congrats Coach AuBuchon on your induction to the Hall of Fame!!  Your persistence for excellence and care for our athletes will always be remembered.