Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Pictured are Grangeville volleyball seniors Caity Johnson, Paige Lindsley and Molly DeFord.
As of Thursday, August 30, 2018
Grangeville is starting anew with longtime assistant Pat Sullivan stepping in as varsity volleyball coach. In the change, Sullivan sees symmetry.
He stepped into a similar circumstance to become varsity boys basketball head coach in 2000.
“The seniors, the year I took over in basketball, I was their third varsity coach in three years,” Sullivan explained. “The same thing has happened for these seniors...I told both groups the same thing. You have to agree and work the way I want you to have a successful year.”
Sullivan said he prefers not to tout individuals and praised seniors Caity Johnson (right side), Paige Lindsley (outside hitter) and Molly DeFord (setter) for buying into his approach.
“These volleyball seniors have bought in,” he said. “They are working hard. It’s a little bit different than coach Hudson or coach Edwards — both excellent volleyball coaches who have taught me a lot.”
Look for Sullivan — who is relentlessly positive in his outlook and in his approach to teaching — to ask his players to work hard, get in the best shape they can, and give their best.
“I like our leadership I like our work ethic and I like the fact they love the game of volleyball...and because they love the sport I think we can get the best out of them.”