By Chris Parker
Salem volleyball has a new head coach in Kristen Williams this season. She has two years of head coaching experience for USAV Volleyball. She was also the head girls basketball coach at Arcadia Valley last year.
“The thing that attracted me most to becoming the head volleyball coach at Salem was the opportunity to build a program,” Williams said. “I knew this school district had great students and amazing faculty and administrators, so I felt it would be the perfect fit for me.”
Williams will be looking to turn around a Salem volleyball program that won just one match last year going 1-25-2 overall.
“After being in the gym with them for a short amount of time, I can already tell that I have lots of talented players who always work hard and are willing to learn. This group of girls have been a blast to be around already and I love watching them get better,” Williams said. “I’ve been blessed with having upperclassmen and underclassmen that are all extremely hard-working and talented like I mentioned earlier. So, I know they will all have a huge impact and be vital to our team.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has provided an extra set of challenges for Williams as she looks to get Salem volleyball moving in the right direction.
“I think one of the biggest challenges it (the pandemic) has presented is the ability for the team to come together and not only work on skills, but be able to bond with each other. We have been able to be in the gym recently and this has helped our team chemistry and I hope we can continue building off of that for the season,” Williams said.
Salem opens the season on Aug. 31 at Winona.