Brand new day

MCHS volleyball begins new era under first-year coach

The day has arrived.

Brianna Montgomery has been hired as Moffat County High School's volleyball coach.

After a month without a permanent head coach, the Bulldogs are ready to get the ball rolling with Montgomery.

"It's exciting," junior outside hitter Angie Charchalis said. "We haven't had one in a while."

Interim coach Deb Yoast has led the Bulldogs since the resignation of former coach Becky Jackson. Yoast said she is thankful for the help she received from the team, the school, and freshman coach Sherman Romney.

Electric youth

At 21 years old, Montgomery is one of the youngest head coaches in the high school's history.

But what benefits her is the wealth of experience she has gained playing in high school and college.

Growing up in Baggs, Wyo., Montgomery played for one of the most successful Class 1A teams in the state. A member of the three-time, Class 1A runner-up Rattlers, Montgomery has accolades that extend deep.

Named state MVP her senior year for Class 1A, Montgomery was also an All-State selection for two years and an all-conference selection for three years in the Three Trails Conference.

Because of her success on the court and in the classroom, Montgomery was given a volleyball and academic scholarship to Northwest College in Powell, Wyo.

Playing for two years under coach Sue Pollart, Montgomery continued to improve her game and was also selected as a two-time Academic All-American.

Her desire and passion for the game has not subsided since finishing college. A photography major, she owns her own studio in Baggs, Wyo., and has been working for Three Forks Ranch in Slater.

Montgomery said she is excited to coach and is ready to step up to the challenge of harnessing 33 high school girls into a cohesive unit on the court.

"I am looking forward to it," Montgomery said. "I have a great group of girls and coaches to work with."

Switch it up

Although she is admittedly nervous, she is also optimistic and ready to blend her style with what the girls already know.

"I want to teach them what I know and watch them improve," Montgomery said. "Any coach coming into a program has something different to offer."

There won't be many changes in the style of play that the Bulldogs offer opponents, but Montgomery wants to see the girls learn how to hit a little different and thinks that it will help get their offense rolling.

"I'm bringing in Celia Webber to help the setters, and I really want to break things down," Montgomery said.

Webber was a member of Montgomery's team in high school, and Montgomery said that she is an excellent setter who can offer the girls a lot of tips.

"I am so excited, and the girls are excited," Montgomery said. "They have been really open to someone new. I think Deb and Sherman are great coaches, and I'm looking forward to working with them."

Montgomery's first day of work was Monday and her first game as a head coach is at 5 p.m. Friday when the Bulldogs take on Delta.

Melanie McDaniels can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or mmcdaniels@craigdailypress.com.

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