By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The McNary High School volleyball program has a new head coach. Kellie Scholl has been hired to take the reins of the Celtic netter program.
Scholl was most recently head coach of Aloha High School program where she held the post for about seven years. She resigned from the position earlier this year after moving to Keizer.
“My plan was to take a year or two off and hang out with my four kids, but I realized pretty quickly that I enjoyed it too much,” Scholl said. “I enjoy having my kids around the program and seeing the athletes who are role models for them.”
From 1999 until 2004, she was an assistant coach at the University of Portland. The existing strength of the McNary program, which has contended for Central Valley Conference titles for the past several years, will be something of a change for Scholl.
“Up to this point, I’ve started in programs that hadn’t had much success and that definitely isn’t the case with McNary,” she said. “I want to be able to continue the success in the district and see them become more of a perennial powerhouse in the state year-in and year-out.”
Scholl is a former high school and college volleyball player who finished her career as a middle blocker for University of Illinois. She will try to instill in the girls the same values she learned in years as an athlete, she said. She is also a strong advocate for students competing in multiple sports throughout the year.
“Volleyball is a team sport where you have a group of people working together to achieve the same goal, when we’re on the court, it’s very much a family atmosphere where we are playing to make our teammates better.,” Scholl said. “I run a fast-paced practice and I push the girls pretty hard, but it’s very positive in the gym. The main goal is to have fun. If you are working hard and having fun, you are going to get the win.”