For the 2017-2018 school year, Tiger Atheltics will feature stories on student-athletes and coaches to get an in-depth look at the Tiger program. Today we feature our high school volleyball head coach Samantha Campbell.
How are you feeling as the new head coach of the Warrensville Heights volleyball program?
First of all I’m extremely excited and honored to be apart of the program. I’m really looking forward to working with my assistant, Robyn Swift, to create a program that the students, staff and community will be proud of. It’s my hope to build a tradition of success for our girls not only on the court but in the classroom.
What are your goals for the upcoming 2017 fall season?
We have many goals for the 2017 season but I would say I have one in mind that sticks out. I really want our girls to be proud to be a “Tiger”. As I walk into the entrance going to the gym each day, I see trophies of the teams that came before us. That is a huge motivator to me. That winning tradition didn’t just happen over night. I want to use their success as inspiration to show our girls that working extremely hard, giving great effort and being disciplined to their approach to detail can really payoff. I feel that if we can instill these attributes in our girls it will payoff, on and off the court.
What experience do you have as a player and as a coach?
I played volleyball since I was in middle school and started varsity my entire high school career. My senior year I made first team all state as an outside hitter. After high school I earned a spot on the University of Pittsburgh’s Panthers (D1) where I had the privilege to play with amazing athletes and was coached by some of the best in the sport. This is my second year here with Warrensville’s athletic program and am real proud to be the head coach of these wonderful young ladies.
How have the athletes responded to your approach as head coach?
Great question, well honestly I’m not certain the athletes loved all of the conditioning and summer work I asked them to do. (I say that jokingly) These girls really worked hard for me this summer and I’m sure all of our “preseason” work will pay big dividends as the season progresses.
What would you like to say to the Tiger supporters out there.
I cannot thank the students, administration and community enough for coming to our first game. Some of the girls actually commented to me about how many friends and family came out to see them. As you are aware, our team is pretty young and having that support really makes a difference! We hope to see you all in the future and we promise this team will be a team that we can all be proud of.