I'm no stranger to the Wood River Valley. I have hunted, fished, trekked and x-country skied the area for close to 38 years. When I decided to come to the Wood River Valley to coach the S.V.C.S volleyball team I was keenly aware of the school's attitude towards volleyball. At one of our first games, my wife, who was sitting in the stands, asked a parent, "How's the team doing?" The reply was, "How they always do: losing." I thought, "Wow, everybody around here has low expectations for this team.
When I met the players, I found them to be the nicest, most appreciative and respectful players I have ever coached. I have immense respect for them as the student-athletes that they are. The pressures of their school studies, practice, long travel days and lack of sleep are immense. Those who have never played the game don't seem to truly understand the sacrifice required. Athletics teach life long lessons, such as: mental toughness, teamwork, decision making under stress, communication and lifelong friendships.
I was a member of the "Lean Green Fighting Machine" most of my life, one of the greatest teams in the world. So, I a soldier, am trying to make a difference, trying to bring respectability and a winning tradition to the S.V.C.S. varsity volleyball team. I'm proud to be coaching the team and to be a small part of the school community, and hope to change the schools attitude towards volleyball. Go 'throats!!!
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