By Zephyr Strosnider
This year has brought many changes to North Springs Charter High School. One major change is the addition of two new coaches to the Spartan volleyball team. The two new head coaches are Brittany Gregory for head Junior Varsity coach and Kimberly Daniel for head Varsity coach.
This is Coach Gregory’s first time coaching volleyball here at North Springs, but she has actually been a volleyball coach for seven years. Gregory even played for a year in college. “My first impression of the team was that there were a ton of girls showing up to try out, which I think really showed a want to play (volleyball) here,” said Gregory.
Coach Daniel did not play volleyball growing up, but has the experience of assistant coaching three years at Seneca High School to help the team achieve great things. “My coaching strategy involves making sure we all work together for the betterment of the program. Our staff is committed to making sure the girls are learning the fundamentals and strategies needed to be effective and productive players,” said Daniel.
These coaches’ strategy consists of building fundamental skills of volleyball. “We need to start basic and master those skills before we can build on them,” said Gregory. The other coaches agree with this strategy and they prefer to piggyback off each other’s ideas. Coach Gregory firmly believes this coaching technique is important because so many of the girls trying out and playing on the teams had never played before.
Because of the focus on fundamentals, “My main goal for this year is for it to be a sort of “developmental” year, we will build skills, and then within years we will have a stronger program stemming up from the middle schools.” The varsity team is currently 3-7, while the JV team is 2-11.
Both coaches are impressed with the teams so far. “No matter what obstacle they face, they go in to it as a team and they walk out as a team.” said Daniel. Coach Gregory was most impressed with the way the JV team gets along. Says Gregory, “Even though they are all from different places, they have become best friends and excel at team bonding.”