Out with the Old, In with the New Coaches

   After coming off very strong fall sports seasons in 2017, Changes came in the offseason, especially with the coaching staff of Field Hockey and Volleyball.  With two new coaches, who bring new ideas and culture to the locker rooms, as well as different backgrounds.

   Coach Morgan Vandermast is new to Tuscarora High School this year, taking over for Coach Colleen Aubel.  She moved to the Loudoun County area when she was in fifth grade and began playing Field Hockey for Loudoun Country Day School. She ended up deciding against playing Field Hockey in college, and for her, it was an easy decision to come to Tuscarora High School.  

   “I saw a team that worked hard on the field and had loads of untapped potential,” said Vandermast.

   Coming to Tuscarora was a big step for Vandermast, and an unexpected one, as she originally was set to be an assistant. Now as the head coach, she brings a new face and identity to the program and is a big believer in the accountability and respect as a coach.  She believes for this team to work, that there has to be mutual respect among players and the people around them. She also has big long-term goals for the field hockey team during her duration here.

   “Giving one’s best effort and being respectful around everyone is a big goal for me,” said Vandermast, “I want people to believe in this team and people to look at field hockey as a good sport again.”

   Vandermast is excited to become the next Varsity Field Hockey  head coach, and hopes her background, goals and values will help this team move forward and thrive in the future.

   Even with the news of a new field hockey coach, there was also buzz about the new volleyball coaching staff.  After the championship winning coaching staff left in the offseason, head coach Kelsey Anderson took control, and is leading the team to a 5-3 start on the year

   Anderson grew up in Loudoun County and started her career out in middle school when she tried it for the first time and fell in love with the sport.  She then continued her volleyball career at Loudoun County High School and won three state championship rings with the Raiders before playing college volleyball at Shepherd University.  While playing in college, she coached club teams, and now, she is in her first high school coaching position out of college.

   However, there is more than volleyball with this job for Anderson, and it helped her decision to come to Tuscarora.

   “My three little cousins play volleyball here at Tuscarora,” said Anderson. “I knew that I wanted to continue coaching but them playing here really sold me on Tuscarora.”

   Anderson has taken the next step in her volleyball career by becoming the next volleyball head coach for Tuscarora, and will help the huskies compete for another state championship this season.

   “These girls are working super hard to make a comeback this season, they seem like an amazing group to coach, and I hope we can get back to the ultimate goal this year,” Anderson adds.

   Anderson has taken the next step in her volleyball career by becoming the next volleyball head coach for Tuscarora, and will help the huskies compete for another state championship this season.

   Both Coach Vandermast and Coach Anderson have been preparing their teams for the 2018 season, and are looking forward to their futures as head coaches at Tuscarora.