Volleyball is no small part of Stormy Schuler’s life.
She grew up around it, and it brought her first to Western Wyoming Community College, then to Arkansas State University.
Now, volleyball has brought her to Moffat County.
Last week, Schuler, 25, was named the assistant coach for the Moffat County High School girls volleyball team.
What the team will get in Schuler is a tenacious teacher, former Division I athlete and self-described gym rat, she said.
“My mom’s a coach, so I grew up in a gym — I’m a gym rat all the way,” she said. “Growing up, I played volleyball, basketball, softball, track, soccer. I’ve lived and breathed athletics since I was little, and volleyball was kind of my niche.”
Schuler played at Western Wyoming, then Division I Arkansas State, before finishing her health and physical education degree at Utah State University this year.
Originally from Evanston, Wyo., Schuler will teach health at Craig Middle School.
For the past few summers, Schuler has coached at volleyball camps.
Being immersed in the full-time coaching business after years playing the college game is a big change, Schuler said.
“It’s how you have to be able to break things down to an elementary level, instead of going at the pace you are used to,” she said. “Your peers move at your pace, and they know how to do everything as well as you do.
“Here, you have to be able to break skills down so a younger player can learn those things and get better.”
Head coach Sandy Camilletti said that Schuler’s experience will be an asset for the volleyball team, which is brimming with underclassmen.
“She brings a lot to this team,” she said. “She has a lot of playing experience, and she comes from a family of coaches.
“I think she is going to teach the kids a lot. She’s been to the next level.”
Along with Camilletti, Schuler represents two-thirds of the new MCHS coaching staff.
MCHS is still without a freshmen volleyball coach.
Originally, Becky Howlett-Jackson was in line to become Camilletti’s assistant coach.
But, after Howlett-Jackson’s hiring fell through, the team was forced to find another coach.
That’s when Schuler’s name came up.
Going from the court to the sidelines has been a change, but Schuler said she is happy to be a coach.
“I love getting to know their personalities,” she said. “I love being able to see the lights come on when they do something well, especially when they have been working hard and they understand it and can do it on their own.”
Schuler said she has big goals for the team.
“I want to develop the program at this school and this city,” she said. “I want to develop a team culture that’s, ‘We’re going to be good volleyball players. We’re going to work hard and have a good time.’
“At the same time, we need to win games and make it stick. Not just this year, but next year and the year after.”