Routhier will begin his third season as the Maple Leafs head coach in 2011 after leading them to their first ever Mid-Central College Conference Tournament Championship game in 2009. In two seasons, he has led them to a 35-31 mark and has continued the Leafs' streak of winning seasons to four, the longest since a five-year span ending in 1991.
Prior to coming to Goshen, Routhier spent 22 seasons at the helm of Concord High School (Elkhart, Ind.). He compiled an incredible record of 472-179 while leading the Minutemen to four Northern Lakes Conference Championships, two section championships and one Indiana State Elite Eight appearance.
As a high school coach, Routhier has sent more than 50 of his former players on to play college ball at all levels, including the likes of Ohio State and Indiana. A former college player himself, Routhier played under volleyball icon Don Shondell at Ball State University.
Also a science teacher and assistant athletic trainer at Concord, Routhier retired in the spring of 2010. He was a recipient of the NLC Service Award for his work as a coach and in starting Concord's Athletic Training Program. During his tenure, Routhier was also named the NLC Coach of the Year on three occasions.
"I am extremely happy to have Jim as a Maple Leaf and to have him continue to build our volleyball program into a National caliber program," said Demant. "The program has come a long way under the leadership of Coach (Jewel) Lehman and we believe Jim's energy, commitment to excellence on and off the court, and ability to recruit and train top players will help us continue that improvement."