Volleyball team gears up for new season
Casey King built the Pueblo West High School volleyball program into one of the finest in the state before stepping away after the 2007 season.
And the Cyclones did just fine, thank you, under coaches Greg Clark and Lindsey Moore in the five years King was gone.
But King knew, right from the beginning, that he had made a mistake in leaving his position as the volleyball team’s head coach.
“About 30 seconds after I told the girls I was leaving (in 2007),” King said.
And now he’s back. King is once again the Cyclones’ head coach, and during an open gym session Monday at the high school, there were tons of talented girls flying around and making plays in a high-intensity environment. The team went undefeated in the South-Central League last season to win its 11th league title in 13 years, and shows no sign of slowing down.
“I found what I left. Lindsey and coach Clark continued the high expectations of running a successful program,” King said. “This is an incredible group of great athletes. They work hard, and they have a lot of talent.”
King wanted to take a different career path and try out life as an administrator, and District 70 rules prohibited him from being a coach and an administrator simultaneously. So he walked away from coaching to spend a couple of years as an assistant principal at Pueblo West High School and then three years as the principal at Cedar Ridge Elementary School.
“I loved the staff, the parents and the students. It’s an incredible school,” King said. “But the role of a principal is not for me.”
Now King is back in the coaching ranks, and junior middle hitter Mattison Dabovich, one of the top players on last year’s squad, said she is happy to have King at the helm.
“I love it. He makes it so energetic,” Dabovich said.
Dabovich said this year’s team is coming together nicely.
Among the returning varsity players at work Monday besides Dabovich were Alee Quint, Taylor Gaide and Courtney Ewing.
King said it’s too early to single out individuals who are playing well or destined for a big year on the varsity team in the fall; official practice doesn’t begin until the middle of August.
“I’m proud of how all the girls are working. In the summer, it’s all about getting better.”