Harrison County (Ky.) volleyball coach Bill Faulkner is in the midst of his greatest season after 16 years in charge. At 34-0, the Fillies are both undefeated and cruising, all while being led by a dentist.
Yes, as reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader, Faulkner is a dentist. He claims that he is almost certainly the only dentist in the country who also serves as a varsity volleyball coach, and could be the only dentist who is also a varsity coach of any type.
"It’s been a fun ride. This year’s been really crazy I have to admit," Faulkner told the Herald-Leader. "I didn’t expect this by any means. … I know it’s really unusual."
Faulkner’s squad has never won a regional title, which they are in contention for entering their regular-season finale Thursday. Naturally, that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to keep it up, but it does signify a crowning achievement for a man who spends most of his time putting crowns in mouths.
"It just gets you away from what you’re doing for a while and you can think about something else. I like dentistry, don’t get me wrong. I’ve been a dentist for a long time," Faulkner said. "But it’s also nice to get out on the floor and not have to think about the restoration I just put in No. 5 or the extraction on 32 or the implant on No. 7."