Wautoma gains new volleyball head coach

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The Hornets have a new member for their volleyball team. Coach Tynae Phillips was hired as the new head volleyball coach.

She grew up in the small village of Spencer, WI, following in the big footsteps of her four older siblings Whitley, Kiki, and Wyatt. Their parents Lynn and Troy encouraged them to engage in all the activities that piqued their interests, which for the Phillips kids meant a sport in every season.

Phillips had a very successful volleyball career playing for the Rockets. She was a two time conference champion (2012-13), taking second at the State Volleyball Tournament in 2011, and getting to sectional finals in 2012. After high school, Phillips went to the University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL) on scholarship to play volleyball for the Fighting Saints, while double majoring in English and Education. Over the course of her five year stint as a Saint, the passion for the sport of volleyball grew as she got to take on many roles on the team.

Phillips has always dreamed to head a volleyball program at the same school she teaches at. She got a taste of coaching at the high school level as a JV Coach last season. She loved challenging the girls and putting to use the years of experience with the sport.

As a whole program Phillips first goal is to have the girls buy in to a new culture of hard-work. She knows the girls at every level are hungry for success but they have to put the work in, if that want is going to become a reality. Her second goal for this program is to bring about a sense of pride in community. She believes this wonderful town has unsung-heroes who deserve recognition wants the program’s platform to bring to light those who deserve to be seen and recognized.

Phillips believes she has the opportunity as a head coach to teach the young ladies in the program not only how to be a good volleyball player but also how to be a good citizen. Her hope is to take time during home games to give some of them the proper recognition they deserve. Goals on the large scale for the varsity team would be to win out conference and make a run in the tournament.

When it comes to conference opponents Phillips believes Mauston and Wisconsin Dells will be the biggest threats again this year. Phillips plans to work on defensive positioning as well as deep ball coverage, and to work on mixing up hitting spots on the offensive end of their game to combat their opponents strengths.

Phillips looks forward to scouting and prepping for matches this coming year.