How I got into coaching was through the mentorship of the Head Coach at the University of Illinois Springfield, Trey Salinas. I started my coaching career with him in Denver, CO coaching boys high school (2010), and had my college start at the University of Illinois Springfield as a GA in 2015.
It was a tremendous honor to receive the AVCA Diversity Award. Knowing the history of the award and being a part of this organization has been amazing. I didn’t fathom at the time of receiving this award that it would be something that I would be a part of for a lifetime.
This award opened many doors in my volleyball coaching career. Months after receiving the award, and networking with coaches, I was approached by the staff at Butler University, where I spent two great seasons as an assistant. This position then opened the next door in my career with becoming a head coach in 2018.
I had the honor of starting this program here at Tusculum, and I would say my favorite memory so far, is my first ever win as a head coach. The time leading up to our first match came with a multitude of emotions, preparation, hard work, and most of all patience. That feeling of earning our first program win was a proud moment for this program. This team grinds day in and out, and they have put in a ton of work as a young program to build and find success.
I am superstitious about “game day socks.” If there is a pair that I wore when we had a big win I make a note to wear those on other big game days. Same goes for socks that I may have worn when we had a loss or a close game.
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