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Elite Athlete Named New SRHS Varsity Volleyball Coach

The team’s season kicked off on Thursday, August 24, when they played Foothills Academy

Salt River High School’s new volleyball coach, Katy Wilson, is excited to kick off the upcoming season, with hopes of taking the SRHS Lady Eagles to state. This year, 18 young women (three returning varsity players) will be coached by the standout collegiate athlete, who has years of high school and college-level coaching experience.

The Oregon native was a Division I recruit for volleyball, basketball and track right out of high school. Wilson was a four-year varsity player who was a first team all-league and all-state honoree. She played all three sports at the collegiate level at Central Arizona College and transferred to Hawaii Pacific University, where she played on a nationally ranked volleyball team.

Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management at Hawaii Pacific University, a master’s in health education at Western Oregon University, and a master’s in teaching at Pacific University in Oregon.

Wilson takes pride in being coached by pro beach volleyball player Wendy Stammer. Aside from volleyball, Wilson also has experience coaching basketball and track at both the high school and collegiate levels. Wilson is also the strength and conditioning coach at SRHS and will be coaching boys basketball and track in the upcoming season.

Wilson works alongside SRHS counselor and assistant coach Tammy Newell. Newell has coached junior varsity volleyball at SRHS. Last year’s volleyball team made it to the playoffs, but unfortunately not to state. Together, both women plan to turn the program around and take the girls to state.

“I’m excited for the season,” said Wilson. “I was nervous when I first got here, because I didn’t know the numbers. I’m happy with what I see and I feel a lot better now. Now I get to see everyone together, and some of the girls will be playing their first game. We’ll see where that’s at and move up from there.”

The team’s season kicked off on Thursday, August 24, when they played Foothills Academy. The Lady Eagles lost the game with a score of 13-25.

Varsity Volleyball Schedule
HOME GAMES IN BOLD
Aug. 25 - Foothills Academy - 5:15 pm
Aug. 30 - Legacy-Wickenburg - 5:15 pm
Sept. 1 - Paradise Valley - 6:00 pm

Sept. 2 - Berean Academy - 4:00 pm
Sept. 6 - EduPrize—Gilbert - 5:15 pm
Sept. 7 - Desert Heights - 6:30 pm
Sept. 8 - Ajo - 5:15 pm
Sept. 10 - CAA Spike IT! Tournament Kroc Center TBA
Sept. 12 - Paradise Valley - 4:00 pm
Sept. 13 - Thunderbird Adventist - 5:15 pm
Sept. 15 - Desert Heights - 5:15 pm
Sept. 16 - Legacy-Wickenburg - 5:15 pm
Sept. 20 - Cicero Prep - 5:15 pm
Sept. 27 - Thunderbird Adventist - 6:00 pm
Sept. 29 - Foothills Academy - 5:00 pm
Oct. 3 - Orme - 5:00 pm
Oct. 5 - Cicero Prep - 5:00 pm
Oct. 6 - Prescott Valley - 5:15 pm

Volleyball Coach - Katy Wilson

Getting to Know SRHS Volleyball Coach Katy Wilson

Goals
“I always have high expectations. I’ve never been on a losing program. I always train my athletes at the next level, so everything we do is things that I learned as a high school player or a college player. My goal is to make it to the state tournament and always win the championship. That’s the type of athlete that I am.”

Expectations
“Finding love for the game, coming together, chilling together and [creating] chemistry with the girls. It’s always good to be a part of something. Obviously, winning makes everything easier, but I want them to come out every day and walk away never saying ‘coulda, shoulda, woulda.’ I want them to do the best that they can do to their ability. I want them to try hard every time and always expect to win.”

Attributes
“I’m very high energy. I’m very knowledgeable with multiple sports and conditioning. Since the sixth grade, I’ve been a high-caliber athlete and I know what it takes to win. For the girls program, I like to do a lot of team chemistry stuff, like team bonding before the game. It’s also more than just volleyball, [it’s] life experiences. I’m not only a coach, but I’ve played as well. [I can] talk about the game and what it is to win the game at a high level.”

On the Court
“You’ll always see me coaching the game and having fun out there. That’s my thing. I love to work hard, and I like to have fun.”