Upper Merion's Funsten earns 600th

His daughter, Tony Funsten conceded, probably knew more about volleyball than he did when he agreed to coach her CYO team in the early 1990s.

He was a basketball coach, but this gave him a chance to coach Laura and help out his friend, Joe Boland, and the budding program at Mother of Divine Providence in King of Prussia.

Two years later, he started Upper Merion’s program and the Vikings played their first varsity season when Laura was a freshman.

On Saturday, with his daughter as an assistant, Funsten earned his 600th career win and Upper Merion topped visiting Archbishop Wood, 3-0.

“That’s like a dream come true,” said Funsten, in his 20th season.

Laura Stiansen is in her seventh season as her dad’s assistant. Funsten also coached his younger daughter, Paula. His son, Morgan, is the girls’ basketball coach at Upper Dublin.

Melanie Ingram, the team’s only senior, recorded 14 kills Saturday. She posted the 1,000th of her career earlier in the week. Junior Emily Shannon had 21 digs.

“It’s kind of crazy,” Funsten said. “You don’t realize the type of numbers you’re accumulating.”