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Avalanche Volleyball Club directors retire

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Special to the DailyMargie Plath, left, and Linda Gilbert have stepped down as directors of the Avalanche Volleyball Club. The Avalanche Volleyball Club is merging with the Front Range Volleyball Club to provide better instruction for local players.
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VAIL – Margie Plath and Linda Gilbert announced their retirement from Avalanche volleyball after competing in the Rocky Mountain Region for 10 years. “We have accomplished great strides and we are very proud of all of our athletes. We graduated a total of 100 players, 10 of them who have gone on to play in college,” said Plath and Gilbert. “My decision to retire at this time is two fold,” Plath said. “The first concerns my desire to spend more time just being a mom to my daughter Kelsey as she enjoys the next four years of high school, and secondly, my belief that under new leadership the volleyball program can make significant strides in the Rocky Mountain Division.””Now that both of my daughters, Jenna and Casey, have graduated it is time for me to focus on the rest of my life,” said Gilbert. “I have dedicated many hours to the success of the Avalanche program and I feel the time is right for me to move on now that we have successfully brought Front Range Volleyball Club to the valley.”Plath not only served as the co-director of the club, but she also coached at Berry Creek Middle School for three years and served as the developmental coach for four years with the Avalanche. Linda Gilbert was a volunteer from the start and quickly joined the Avalanche program as a co-director.

The Avalanche Volleyball Club has served Eagle, Summit, Lake, Garfield, Grand and Routt Counties over the years. Katie Carter and Katie Mills drove to Edwards two nights a week from Steamboat just to play volleyball. Carter went on to receive a full ride scholarship to UCLA and Mills who now plays for the Front Range Volleyball Club in Denver plans to play for UCLA as well. Lara Bossow came to the Avalanche volleyball club as seventh-grade soccer player and ended up at CU, playing volleyballHanding over the reinsThe Avalanche is merging with Front Range to provide greater instruction to local players. “We will be involved with the transition and will serve as local advisors for the Front Range Volleyball Club. But, as we hand the reins over to the Front Range Volleyball we would like to clarify any rumors,” said Plath.RUMOR: Front Range is going to recruit our top players for their own teams in Denver.

TRUTH: Front Range is hiring a current college coach and previous FRVBC coach to move to the Vail Valley from out of state to head up the Mountain Division. They will field teams from the Vail Valley and surrounding communities to form a competitive and strong program for ages 14 – 18. FACT: The Front Range will only provide more opportunities for the girls who play in the Mountain Division: They have the opportunity to play up on other teams if they are needed during the championships. They will be a part of the Front Range team and will participate in training programs, camps and clinics hosted by Front Range year around. They will have the opportunity to train at the Front Range Facility on Saturday afternoon before the Sunday tournaments in Denver. They will receive training and coaching from the top volleyball club in the country. As juniors and seniors, our athletes will have a full staff working with them to pursue scholarship opportunitiesRUMOR: Avalanche is folding.TRUTH: Avalanche is merging with the Front Range Volleyball Club. We will be involved with the transition this season and serve as local advisors to the FRVBC. We hope to build a strong coaching team with all of our previous coaches and hope that all coaches in the valley will embrace the Front Range coaching team and learn from their system.RUMOR: The cost of the program will be very high.



TRUTH: The cost will be higher than in previous years. The benefits will be much greater. RUMOR: Avalanche and Lightning are mergingTRUTH: Avalanche is working with the Lightning Club this year to provide an opportunity for athletes to play volleyball who may not make one of the competitive teams. Avalanche/Front Range will host their tryouts first to allow the athletes to tryout for both clubs if they so desire.Why Front Range?We looked at the top clubs in Denver and it was obvious that the Front Range program is the only club that was capable of handling the merger of the Mountain Division and who would provide a more competitive program for our athletes. We both feel proud of where we have been and look forward to future success with one of the top club volleyball programs in the country. For more information on tryouts please contact Linda Gilbert at 926-3291 or visit the Front Range Volleyball Web site at: http://www.frvbc.com.Vail Colorado


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