The defending Division 3 South girl’s volleyball champs will have a new leader this upcoming season. Stephanie Adams has been named head coach for Archbishop Williams.
Adams, a Whitman native, has six years of high school coaching experience under her belt. She said she is thrilled for this opportunity.
“I love the game of volleyball, coaching and playing the sport,” said Adams. “The girls came off winning the South last year. I’m coming into a good group of girls. I’d like to get a few more wins in the regular season and advance even farther in the state tournament. I also plan to work with the younger players and bring them up to the varsity level.”
Smith’s experience as a coach and a player will be an asset. She played varsity volleyball at Whitman-Hanson for four years and then played at UMass-Boston, where she majored in Exercise and Physiology.
She coached at Dedham High last year and led the Marauders to the state tournament for the first time in 15 years.
Defense is her specialty.
“When I played I could read the ball really well and I train my players to do the same, especially where to move on the court,” she said. “I was more of a defensive specialist focusing on passing. I can help the girls out with that a lot.”
Athletic Director Gordie McClay is excited to have Adams join his coaching staff.
“She has a wealth of experience and brings something to our program that is needed,” said McClay of Adams. “With her collegiate background she’ll be able to bring that level of preparation and teaching that will not only make our team better but also help prepare those girls who aspire to play at the next level.”
Although Adams just accepted the position, she’s already planning for the season. First on her list is conditioning.
“I’d like to see the girls doing off season conditioning to get them ready for tryouts and the season,” said Adams, who teaches physical education at Dedham Middle School.
With the core group of the South championship team returning, McClay expects another strong year for the Bishops.
“We only lost three seniors,” said McClay. “Although they were significant contributors, I envision that they will do as well this year. With her background and what she has to offer, I believe Stephanie will get the best out of the girls.”