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 Knights Volleyball 2015

Game on: WVC volleyball program continues with new coach

by Doug Flanagan / College Sports, Wenatchee World

Printed Sept. 8, 2015

WENATCHEE — On the afternoon of July 29, Wenatchee Valley College athletic director Greg Franz met with Knights volleyball players Mikel Sydney and Sawyer Ross in his office on the WVC campus and had an honest conversation with them about the state of the program.

Franz told the sophomores that if a new head coach couldn't be found in the next couple of days, there would be no 2015 season.

At that point, Sydney, Ross and the rest of the Knights players began to seriously contemplate alternative plans for the fall. Would they stay at the college and hope to be granted a redshirt year in case the program returned in 2016? Would they try to transfer to another school and play? What about their scholarships? Living situations? Who knows?

It was a stressful time for them to say the least.

"We went home, tried to make calls, figure out what we were going to do," Sydney said. "(But realistically, at that time), there was no hope."

But three days later, hope suddenly appeared in the presence of Kerry Daubert, a longtime coach who was living in Utah. Through a series of fortunate events, Daubert learned of the WVC opening and sent Franz a text message July 31 at 11:15 p.m, literally 45 minutes before Franz's drop-dead date.

The following Monday, Daubert was hired, and just like that the program was saved.

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Article courtesy of the Wenatchee World.


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