Sandy hires volleyball coach
- Darrell Jackson
- Sandy Post - Sports
After month of searching and numerous applicants, Sandy High Principal Brian Heinze on June 10 announced the hiring of Elizabeth 'Libby' Csergei as the new head coach of the Sandy volleyball team.
Csergei, 29, has been an assistant varsity volleyball coach at Clackamas High School, where she was also a classroom teacher. Csergei was also an assistant coach at La Salle and directed the Clackamas Volleyball Club from 2003-05.
'I like the idea of coming into a small town and a program that is ready to be built up and restructured for the future,' Csergei said. 'I plan to come in and focus on development on basic techniques and the players being strong technically.'
Csergei graduated attended La Salle High School and was an all-state setter in 1996. She graduated from Western Oregon University with a bachelor's degree in secondary education in 2001.
Clackamas High School Varsity Volleyball Coach Jim Stultz said Csergei should have no problem excelling as a head coach.
'(Csergei's) leadership abilities have allowed her to be a great assistant coach, and I think she will excel as a head coach. She uses positive reinforcements to help build confidence in her players.'
Replacing the fired Tom Malone, Csergei takes over a program that has not made the playoffs since 1985 and has qualified for the playoffs only seven times in the 35-year history of the OSAA volleyball playoffs.
The Pioneers finished second in the state playoffs in 1979 and fifth in 1980, but have struggled in recent years.
'I know this program has a history, and I am looking forward to rebuilding this program back to respectability,' Csergei said. 'I have gotten great support from (new athletic director Ray) Baker, and I am excited to get started.'
Csergei said she has contacted a number of players and is hoping the girls will come in open-minded and ready to start from scratch.
'I am hoping the girls come in focused on becoming a competitive program and we can push toward success. I am going to teach the basics and drive techniques for volleyball, but I also want the girls to have fun.'
Taking over the program after the removal of Malone, Csergei said she wants to build the program from the middle school and youth programs and help produce future volleyball stars at Sandy High School.
'We are going to have youth camps and try and show young people that volleyball is fun and help them learn to love volleyball,' Csergei said. 'I want all my players to have fun and love the sport, but I want to stress the idea that anyone can try to join us build the program up from scratch.'
She also plans to have the team help with the improvements of the youth sports.
'In developing the younger kids, what I have done in the past is have the team go to the middle schools once a month to teach techniques and run practices and harness the idea of supporting a love for volleyball.'