November 6, 2015
For those of you who don’t know me well, I am not a risk-taker and really like routines. Last spring, I attended a few of my niece’s Junior Olympic volleyball tournaments. I enjoyed watching her play and made a side comment to my sister about how I missed coaching volleyball. Over the summer, Maggie (my niece), Mary (my sister), and I would have conversations around volleyball as Maggie was getting ready to tryout as a ninth grader for the Gilford High School volleyball program. We not only shared funny stories from when Mary and I tried out for volleyball back in high school but talked about the outstanding program and high expectations Coach Forge has built at Gilford. In one of our conversations, Maggie asked if I might be interested in coaching her Junior Olympic team. I brushed off the conversation but later in the summer both
Maggie and Mary asked again.
Part of the reason for brushing Maggie off is because it has been 11 years since I have coached a varsity high school volleyball program! Not only am I older and out of shape, but some of the rules have changed. I will have to learn some new strategies around rally scoring and how to incorporate a new position called a libero into my coaching. Also several years ago when moving, I tossed out all of my notebooks from coaching that had all of my practice plans, diagrams of rules, and notes from coaching conferences. I would be starting from scratch!
However, as I thought about it longer, it was a compliment for Maggie and Mary to even ask me. Soon Maggie will be off to college and if I took this opportunity I could spend more time with her and create some lasting memories. So I reached out to Randy Mattson from Lakes Region Juniors Volleyball to offer my willingness to coach for this upcoming season. Randy accepted my offer and so starting after Thanksgiving, I will be coaching on Sunday mornings and in the winters will be doing some traveling around the state to some tournaments.
I guess now I have to dust off the running shoes, go purchase a notebook, and start researching some volleyball drills. Now my last question, “After this upcoming experience with Maggie, will I still be her favorite aunt?”
Have a great weekend!