Sandy Camilletti was recently named head coach of the Moffat County High School volleyball team. Camilletti, who played volleyball for MCHS, will be joined on the bench by new assistant coach Becky Howlett-Jackson.

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Sandy Camilletti was recently named head coach of the Moffat County High School volleyball team. Camilletti, who played volleyball for MCHS, will be joined on the bench by new assistant coach Becky Howlett-Jackson.

Moffat County Bulldogs name new volleyball coaches

Familiar faces rejoin Moffat County volleyball team


Sandy Camilletti is no stranger to Moffat County High School volleyball.

She played four years for the Bulldogs in the late 1980s, and also spent a year working as an assistant coach.

Now, she will take over the lead job. On July 14, MCHS named her head volleyball coach.

Her first order of business as new coach, she said, is to get players excited for the upcoming season.

“I want to build a program that’s successful and the girls want to be a part of,” Camilletti said.

“I want to build a program where the girls want to spend their summers getting better.”

Camilletti, the co-owner of Mountain West Insurance & Financials in Craig, replaces Brianna Braun, who resigned in April.

In 2008, Camilletti was Braun’s assistant coach.

The new head coach will be joined by a familiar face on the bench this season.

Former head coach Becky Howlett-Jackson returns to the Bulldogs as an assistant.

Howlett-Jackson was the MCHS head coach from 2002 to 2005.

Camilletti said the two will work well together.

“I think we will see a lot of teamwork, starting with the coaches,” she said. “I think we are going to have a different kind of coaching style.”

That coaching style will feature influences from both Camilletti and Howlett-Jackson.

“We’re going to work together and make decisions together,” she said. “(Howlett-Jackson) has a lot of experience and I want to learn from her. It will be a true team effort from the coaching staff.”

The Bulldogs are coming off a 9-14 season in 2009, in which the team qualified for the district tournament.

The team lost in the first round to eventual district champion Eagle Valley, before upsetting Battle Mountain.

A tough series against Rock Canyon ended the Bulldogs season.

For the upcoming season, Camilletti said she has goals for everyone on the team.

“As a team, I want the young players to keep improving,” she said. “For the varsity team, I think A, we want to win the league, and B, we want to go as far as we can at state.”

This year’s team will feature four seniors — Kelley Syvertson, Jessica Matthews, Lauren Roberts and Chanda Walker.

MCHS lost 2010 seniors Kelly Edington, Jordan Maneotis, Tasha Romney and Lindsey Yoast.

The team has had open gym sessions three times a week and, in early August, will host a mini-camp.

The team’s first game will be Sept. 3 against George Washington High School at the Regis Jesuit Jam Tournament in Aurora.


RichardBarbosa 6 years, 8 months ago

Hey, that's great! Of course, if the School Board would post its minutes in a timely manner, we could read about it there.

It is August 7th, and the minutes from June 24th still have not been posted. What gives?

Just for fun, take a look at the School Board minutes in Wheatland, Wyoming. They have had their minutes from the end of JULY posted for several days.

What's the hold-up, Moffat County?


Cole White 6 years, 8 months ago

If the school district meets on the last Thursday of the month, as was the case for the month of June, then they didn't meet in July until the 29th, which was the last Thursday in July. Since the minutes from the meeting on June 24th didn't get approved until the next board meeting in July, they weren't "official" minutes. Under Colorado's open records laws these minutes are only a working document and do not need to be made available to the public until they are finalized and approved by the board. Once they are approved the school district needs to make them available to the public upon request in a reasonable amount of time. I believe one week, the amount of time between July 29th and August 7th is a reasonable amount time.


RichardBarbosa 6 years, 8 months ago

Highway, they were all typed up for the July 29th meeting and awaiting approval. It's not clear to me what the additional nine days are for.


Cole White 6 years, 8 months ago

Three of those nine days were weekend days am I correct? If consider that it's summer and they are running on a skeleton staff in the district office about 50% of the time and coupled with the fact they are trying to run a school district and have things that are of higher priority than jumping right on the task of posting their board minutes to a website I think that six business days is not unreasonable.


RichardBarbosa 6 years, 8 months ago

Why are we wasting our time with this, Highway? The June 24th minutes were all prepared for reading at the July 29th meeting. They were approved. At the conclusion of the July 29th meeting, or else the following morning, they should have been posted online. It required minutes, maybe three minutes, to accomplish this. Why are you trying to make a big deal about how complicated and time-consuming this process is, anyway? It is someone's job to do it, so let's get it done. No excuses.


Cole White 6 years, 8 months ago

You're the one that brought it up Richard....I am just trying to point out that there are about a million things more important for them to be doing then jumping right on the posting of something that most of you (99.9%) aren't going to ready anyways.

How about this......We give you the assignment of posting an abreviated summary of the minutes on one of the open threads here on CDP. We'll give you three days to get it done. Please be prepared to do this month in and month out for the next two years.

I am sure you have better things to be doing but I am sure that if you attempt to do this you will find that you are wating your time and no one actually takes advantage of the effort that you put in and eventually you will say "why am i evening doing this." Then you'll quit.


Trish Snyder 6 years, 8 months ago

Just to let you know that we did not have a meeting July 29th. Our last meeting was in June and our next scheduled meeting is August 26th. The minutes from the June meeting will be read and approved at that time. Again, thanks for taking the time to read the minutes and be informed regarding our school district and its happenings. Trish Snyder, BOE Secretary


RichardBarbosa 6 years, 8 months ago

Highway, you have some issues, although I am clueless about why you are so defensive. Correct me if I'm wrong, but did any of the School Board members have a gun held to their heads to force them to run for the Board? No? Good. That's very good to hear.

Ms. Snyder, thank you for your note. It did look on the Moffat County Schools site as though there had been a regularly scheduled July meeting. That is SO interesting that no one else in Moffat County noticed that there was no July meeting, so you are the one who responded. Hmmm, where is the community-involvement and parental-involvement there, I wonder. As always, I appreciate your sane voice of reason, Ms. Snyder. Thank you.


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