Having no experience coaching volleyball, first-year head coach Mistie Mayfield has taken over the responsibility after previous head coach, Dean Head, joined the football coaching staff.
“I am a physical education teacher, so in college we took classes on all sports,” she said.
“I’ve coached women’s soccer for several years and though volleyball and soccer are completely different games, coaching doesn’t change,” Mayfield said. “I believe you can coach a sport and not be an expert in that particular sport and still make a positive difference.”
Mayfield said the team’s assistant coach, Raven Bowen, played volleyball collegiately and has helped Mayfield learn a lot about the sport through her knowledge and love for the game.
Bringing her coaching skills and pride for New Manchester to the job, Mayfield said the first and most important thing is that the players be united as a team.
“We win as a team and we lose as a team. We play as a team and we practice as a team. Becoming one is very important to me. Trusting in one another and supporting one another as a team is very important to me,” Mayfield said.
Last season, their first official season, the Lady Jags went 12-15-1. This year, the plan and hope is that they will surpass their previous record with the help of hard work and determination, according to Mayfield.
“They will have to really work hard and dig deep and push for every point but I expect the best out of these girls and I feel like if we continue to work hard and play as a team we can have a successful season,” she said.
With school back in session, the first game is coming soon and Mayfield said she plans to carry on the tradition which Head began and to push the girls “to a level where they can see just how much potential they have.”