Huskies spikers get a coach
Battle Mountain finally has a volleyball coach.
Just a week before official practices begin Monday, Huskies athletic director Fred Koetteritz tabbed Brian Doyon for the job.
He brings both playing and coaching experience to the position. He played at Syracuse University and also coached at Fayettville-Manlius High School, just outside of Syracuse.
Most recently, he has been a coach with the Avalanche Volleyball Club.
“The girls have really worked hard with the club,” Doyon said. “One of the reasons I took the job is that the girls have put in so much work to the program. I’d like to see that work pay off for them. If they continue to work hard, they’re going to have a good season.”
A good season would be quite an improvement on years past. The Huskies haven’t had a winning season since 1998, when they went to the 3A State Tournament. Part of the program’s problems stem from Battle Mountain’s move from Class 3A to 4A before the 2000-01 school year.
Then, there’s the politics of the program. Some parents involved with the problem are particularly vocal with their opinions of how the program should be run. Elizabeth Nilsson, who coached the Huskies last year, told the Rocky Mountain News in March that such parental involvement broke her team apart. In 2002, the Huskies were near the .500 mark midseason, and then went into a tailspin to end the season.
Doyon, the Huskies’ fourth coach in as many years, is taking a clean-slate approach to the situation.
“I’m not sure of some of the things which happened to the team in the past. I don’t know about everything beside the hearsay that’s gone around,” he said. “I’m going to set forth rules and policies that I believe will help the girls play volleyball and help the parents enjoy the game and support their kids.”
Koetteritz was in complete agreement with his new coach.
“We’ve set forth some clear expectations for the athletes and the parents from the beginning and we’re going to stick to them,” Koetteritz said. “We’ve hired him to run the program and his decisions are the one we’re going to abide by.”
Tryouts start Monday from 2:30-6 p.m. in Eagle-Vail. The team’s scrimmage is Aug. 23 against Lake County at home. Battle Mountain opens at the Moffat County Tournament on Aug. 30.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at email@example.com.