By Joshua Cavazos
Change is something that is important for many things in order to help things move forward in the right direction, and that’s the feeling that is being brought to the Lady Javelinas Women’s Volleyball team this season with new Head Coach Tanya Allen’s philosophy.
Allen comes into AMK with a previous coaching resume of four years of experience, with three years of head coaching and one year of assistant coaching.
Allen has a lot of plans for this team mainly which is centered on the concepts of creating an “atmosphere of competition” and to “be competitive” during the 2011 campaign. Last season, the Lady Javelinas finished 10-16 and were a mere 4-10 in conference play.
Coach Allen previously coached at Frank Philips Junior College in Borger, Texas. “I had an overall coaching record of 110-30. I earned 3 WJCAC Coach of the Year awards and 2 District V Coach of the Year awards.” said Allen.
One thing is for sure; Coach Allen definitely has the resume and brings that experience to the job that will only be beneficial for the Lady Javelinas over time. She also resonates with her players, since she was a former player of Volleyball herself.
“I played volleyball at New Mexico State University. I was a three-year starting outside hitter there. We won 2 Sun Belt Conference Titles and made 3 NCAA tournament appearances. My junior and senior season, we were ranked in the top 25 in the nation.” Allen said.
Not just a very good coaching record does Coach Allen bring over to AMK, but also a very good volleyball-playing career at the highest levels of collegiate athletic competition.
When asked about the excitement about the upcoming season, in regards to who she looks forward to playing, Allen offered this comment: “I am most excited to start conference matches because those are what determine our post season play.”
You’ve got to like the focus and the enthusiasm that Coach Allen brings to this program in an effort to get it back on track and set up for the future.
She is also very happy with the level of talent that the team has to offer, saying: “We have a strong group of girls that exude competitiveness and athleticism.”
The Javelinas had a lot of struggles in the past, but Allen plans on making sure that the team is ready by working on key issues that they need to fix. “We’re taking it one step at a time.” said Coach Allen.
Ball control and defense and being physical were among the concepts of which Coach Allen mentioned would be areas of focus in order to get the team ready for the season.
But her plans for continuing to reshape the team into a contender is just the begin. Her outlook for this team is very promising, which also includes eventually winning a conference championship.
Well one thing is certain, right now coach Tanya Allen seems like just the perfect person to step into this program and get it back on track and as she mentioned, it will be “one step at a time”
The Lady Javelinas open the season on September 6 here at Kingsville-Hampton Inn Court when they face Abilene Christian University at 7 pm.