Story by Jessica Gates
The head men’s and women’s volleyball coach Derick White left the team this past January. With White, both teams excelled in many ways. Last season, the men and women placed higher in their conference rankings than they ever have in the recent years.
With White gone, two graduate assistants, Brett Holt and Lindsey tworek, share the title of co-head coaches with this year’s
“We were excited to be here and finishing out the season as co-head coaches,” Holt said, adding that they ran the program the way they believed it should run.
The men almost had a whole new starting lineup. “I can see they want this more than ever,” Tworek said. “I was nervous coming in and taking the head coach’s job.”
When watching a match, one could see the fire build up in the two coach’s eyes, with the love they have for the game. They sit like a mouse, as the men play out the point, as the crowd roars with cheers and the gym booms with all kinds of chants, “Moval Moval Mooovall!” The coaches remain quiet but when the ball becomes dead, you will hear somewhat of a thunder coming from the side lines as Holt tells them what the athletes need to fix.
“He is a very good coach and knows what he is talking about,” junior right side Thomas Jerrom said. “It’s really reassuring to know we have someone that knows what they are talking about behind us.”
As the season ended, many athletes remain unsure about what could happen next year.
“Being a senior next year, I am completely lost with what is going to happen,” junior setter Laina Talimatasi said. “I have had one coach the past three years I have been here and, then my senior year, I have to get use to another coach. I feel like it’s going to be my freshman year all over again.”
The men wrapped up their season breaking a school record with 20 wins in a season; they left conference play in second place.
“Out of all the years I have been here, this is the best all-around team we have had,” senior libero Stevie Valdez said.
The men ended fourth in the conference tournament and missed qualifying for nationals.