Prior to this past offseason the North Callaway varsity volleyball team, 5-18-1 overall, had been like a revolving door that never stopped spinning.
Knowledge is hard to absorb, if not downright impossible, without taking the time to step back and examine what's real and what isn't. At the same time, because the program had basically been getting a new coach almost every season, knowing what was real and what wasn't was relative, all things considered.
Currently all that change for the sake of change is now coming to a close as new head coach Amy Wells just ended her initial year atop the program, and even though that stability hasn't equated to miracles, what it has equated to is certainly been quite the improvement over past results.
"Our record did not demonstrate an outstanding program but we have high hopes and these girls set that in place. We are a five year old program and I will be the first coach to be here two consecutive years," said Wells. "Their dedication, attitudes and work ethic will be exposed down the road when we have more consistency. I am very proud of this team and the future successes that these seniors put in place."
Whether or not she's ready for it, Wells first big problem is already upon her. Specifically, the varsity roster she inherited had a large number of upper classmen on it. That means determining the best JV players to move up, as well as holding tryouts to try and fill some of the holes that will create at the lower levels of the program.
"I have seven seniors graduating and they have demonstrated all the qualities that I want instilled in this program. So, although they will be gone, they are leaving behind what I wanted as the example for this program," Wells said. "They all brought something to the table equally important and necessary. The upcoming players are promising and as long as we continue what we started we will be able to continually improve this program each year."
One issue the Ladybird's were fortunate to avoid, for the most part, was injuries. Attitude and work ethic were also on point, all issues that generally aren't in line when a program isn't winning the way North Callaway hasn't won.
"Overall this year the girls stayed healthy and preserved when we weren't. I never had to worry about attendance or commitment from these young ladies," said Wells. "If the younger girls needed help getting to practice the older girls stepped up every time to make sure they got here. From summer workouts, which started in June until the end of the season, the girls showed huge improvements in all areas. They were pushed out of their comfort zones, played new positions and rose to the occasion."