With Fall coming up and many sports on their way, we sent a questionnaire to some of the coaches to get their outlooks on this season and how they feel about it.
When asked how they felt about the upcoming season, they responded with:
Mrs. Hoener said, “This year's group may be young and a little inexperienced, but they are eager to learn and want to do well.”
Mrs. Horstmann, the freshmen volleyball coach, responded with, “I feel optimistic and excited about this upcoming season.”
Mr. Scheer commented with, “We have some new young talent to combine with our existing talent and I hope to see a good season from the entire team.”
Mr. Hagedorn replied with, “Unfortunately we do not have enough athletes to field a team on the boys and girls teams. We have three seventh graders and three eighth graders. The season is young, so it is too early to tell just yet. Cross country is a sport in which you will get out what you put into it.”
Mr. Tucker responded by expressing his excitement for the ongoing Cross Country season with enthusiasm.
Mrs. Westermeyer said, “I'm excited to be back coaching volleyball. I have a fun group of girls that I get to spend time with, and I really enjoy coaching with Ms. Horstmann and Mrs. Hoener.”
The coaches then talked about how their athletes’ performances have been going. Mrs. Horstmann explained, “The athletes are continuing to grow skill and strength throughout practice and the season.”
“I expect effort from my athletes in their performance,” said Mr. Tucker.
Mrs. Westermeyer replied with, “I expect the girls to listen, be respectful, and work hard. I've told them many times that it's hard to beat a person who never gives up. I want us to be the team that never gives up. “
“They're not okay with being average. They want to carry on and add to our tradition,” replied Mrs. Hoener.
Many of the coaches shared some of their experiences and past stories.
“Boys were State champions last year and the girls were state runner ups (2nd place),” replied Mr. Tucker.
Mrs. Westermeyer responded with, “I've had a lot of fantastic memories as a player and former coach at NHHS. I love the Tradition of Excellence that our students and athletes have upheld throughout the years.”
The coaches have even reported many improvements in their athletes.
According to Mrs. Hoener, “As a coach, I'm looking for improvement each day so we can be where we want to be by the end of the season. The girls want to win our tournament, the conference, and make it back to the final four.”
“I wouldn’t say we have one strength going into the season but we are continuing to improve in all areas,” stated Mr. Scheer.
Mrs. Horstmann explained, “The athletes have improved in many areas, some within areas of the game they haven't played before.”
Mr. Hagedorn replied, “Right now I have two athletes that are fighting off nagging injuries. Most of them are working hard at practice so we will see how things go the first couple [of] meets.”
Mr. Tucker reported, “Over the course of the first 5 weeks we are improving, and times are coming down.”
“The sophomores have really improved their basic fundamentals since the beginning of August,” said Mrs. Westermeyer. “We have been giving them a lot of opportunities in practice, and we try to focus on the correct form during each and every drill. If you practice well, it shows in games.”
When the coaches were questioned on what they would like for their athletes to learn this season, Mrs. Horstmann said, “I hope that they continue to gain strength and skill, along with knowledge of the sport.”
“As long as I am seeing improvement on times from week to week, I will be happy with that,” replied Mr. Hagedorn.
“To only focus on the things they can control and not to worry about the things they cannot control,” said Mr. Tucker.
Mrs. Westermeyer responded by saying, “I think the girls need to learn that we aren't just here to learn about volleyball. We are also here to learn how to be good citizens in our community and great teammates and friends. Of course we want to improve our volleyball skills, but as a coach and teacher, I also talk to the girls about being good people off the court whether it be on social media, a spectator in the stands, or a student in class. We need to represent New Haven well in all those areas.”
Lastly, our coaches were asked if there was anything else they would like to share or say to the students, and they would like for all the students to come and cheer on the athletes.
It sounds like the athletes are going to be working really hard this year. Good luck to all the athletes this upcoming season!