Lady Lions set up for new year
By Alonzo Garza
The Lady Lions have a new head volleyball coach and several Volleyball Camp participants had a chance to meet her on Monday, July 28.
Camp participants strolled into the Lion’s Den gym between 8:30-9 a.m. Monday and were greeted by a friendly, newly-arrived coach, Jamye Pauley.
“I am looking forward to meeting everyo
ne,” Pauley said. “I am also looking forward to the start of the season.”
As eager students settled in for the first day of camp, Pauley met with parents and students that were registering late. She assured parents everything was fine and their children would benefit greatly from the program, before she took all the campers onto the court for stretches and warm up drills.
Pauley demonstrated the stretches and drills she was requesting her campers to do. She stressed the importance of communication in the game and insisted students communicate with each other through out the drills. Pauley made it clear that Lady Lion volleyball players will need to talk to each other during the games in order to have a successful season.
“I played high school volleyball in Victoria, Texas, where I’m from,” Pauley said. “I got a full scholarship to play for San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, where I played for two years.”
In her freshman year of college, Pauley earned an Honorable Mention in her conference. She was also named Baytown Lee Junior College All-Tournament Team, First Team All Conference and Region 14 Regional Tournament Team her sophomore year.
Pauley played her last two years of college volleyball with the Red Raiders after receiving a full scholarship to Texas Tech University.
While at Texas Tech, she earned the 2005 Red Raider Round-Up All Tournament Team and made it in the Tech record books for holding two of the top 20 hitting percentages in a match before she graduated in 2007.
Her first year of coaching was at Calhoun High School in Port Lavaca, Texas, as an Assistant Varsity and a Junior Varsity coach, but she has been coaching – in some form or another – since high school.
“My coaching background began in camps in Victoria,” she said. “I then moved on to club volleyball in Houston, Lubbock and Victoria. At Calhoun, our Varsity was second in the district and went two rounds in the playoffs.”
The Lockhart Lady Lions’ volleyball team finished strong last year with a 19-17 record, ranking in the district with former head volleyball coach and new Athletic Director Melinda Kirst at the helm.
Kirst said she was not worried about the change. In fact, she was happy to have a strong, competent, driven, competitive coach take over her role as head coach.
“She was one of my students in Victoria,” Kirst said. “She’s great. I have no doubt she will do well with this team.”
As for Pauley, she was ready to work on the coming season.
“I am really excited about this season and what the future holds for this team!” she said as she went back out to the court to coach her Lady Lion campers.
Pauley led the volleyball camp from July, 28-30 and will begin the 2008 Lockhart Volleyball Practice schedule on Monday, Aug. 4.
Lady Lions will practice Monday-Thursday. The JV and Varsity teams will practice from 8-10 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Freshman will practice from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Scrimmage dates and times will be announced at a later practice.
All athletes must have a physical and medical folder to be able to practice and they must commit to making all practices.