KINGMAN - A local volleyball fixture has been named the new head coach at Kingman High. KHS athletic director Tim Casson said that the process was completed on Monday for Kasie Juelfs to take over the program as the season draws near.
Juelfs said that she has been involved with the program intermittently since 1997. Juelfs coached a couple of years at Kingman Middle School, at the junior varsity level at KHS for three seasons and was the assistant varsity coach at KHS for another three seasons. Juelfs took last year off.
"I hadn't planned on it and thought I had hung up my volleyball hat," Juelfs said. "Because they were in a bind, I thought I'd help them out."
Members of this year's Bulldogs squad participated in the Chris Campbell Volleyball Camp that ended on Friday at KHS. Now that a volleyball coach has been named for the upcoming season, it seems that the Bulldogs are ready to start operating on all cylinders.
Besides players from KHS, there were also spikers from the lower grades at last week's camp. There were 16 players on the court Friday for what Chris Campbell, first assistant head coach at Auburn University, called a good camp.
"I rate camps by player improvement," Campbell said. "It was stunning in only two and one-half days to see how much the skill level increased."
Incoming juniors Dominique Hale and Rachelle Bullen were two of the Bulldogs at the camp. Both agreed that the camp rated high with its fun, energy and hands-on coaching from the staff.
"They had a lot of different ways of teaching us," Bullen said. "I'm sore, and it shows that they worked us hard."
Campbell said that he used a progression method for the players. He said that the camp started with the skills of passing, setting and the mechanics of hitting. From that point, he moves the players to small games - 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 - when the campers began to incorporate the skills they learned previously. The next step was to bring the campers to full 6-on-6 games so that team concepts on offense and defense along with team strategies could be taught.
"It was a lot of fun and definitely got us ready for the next camp," Hale said. "Camps are good because the coaches can see us get better."
Juelfs will be cleaning off the cobwebs of her volleyball knowledge beginning Monday. The Bulldog Volleyball Camp starts then and continues through Aug. 8. Grades 5-8 will be on the court from 8-11 a.m. and the high school players are scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $50 and registration is available at the door.
"I think we'll be able to pull it together," Juelfs said. "We've got some good talent. Now we have to get them out there and work them hard."