St. Croix Central hopes two volleyball coaches are better than oneIn this age of sports specialization, the St. Croix Central volleyball program has taken a new step in the progression of its sport.
By: Dave Newman, New Richmond News
In this age of sports specialization, the St. Croix Central volleyball program has taken a new step in the progression of its sport.
The Panthers will have two head coaches this season.
Julia Foley and Laura Lee will share the head coaching role for the Panthers this season. They served together in a similar role with the Panther C team last year.
The coaches said at the conclusion of their WIAA-allotted summer contact days last week that they think their differing experience and expertise fit well in directing a team together. Foley has coached before in the Junior Olympic system and at the junior varsity and junior high levels. Her area of expertise is working with hitters.
Lee, the younger of the two, is more experienced with setting and back row play.
During the summer camp last week, the coaches said the benefits of having two coaches were immediate. They said there was no down time in running drills, because they take turns in leading the instruction. Because there are so many girls in volleyball, having two coaches will make it easier to relate to all the girls, they said.
Lee and Foley are both teachers in the Central system, Lee in seventh grade and Foley in second grade. They said that so much of the educational focus is becoming geared toward team-teaching that they thought it made sense to carry it into the coaching arena.
Both coaches learned their volleyball basics in small Wisconsin programs. Lee is a Clayton native while Foley is originally from Cadott.
August 13 is the first day of practice for the Panther volleyball team. The coaches said they are anticipating somewhere around 40 girls to begin the season in the volleyball program.