New volleyball coach at MHS
Frank Maynard has recently been named the new Madras High School head volleyball coach.
Maynard has coached at multiple Oregon high schools as well as coached in college and club programs.
He was a volunteer assistant with the MHS program a year ago, but took over late in the year when former head coach Natalie Villanueva was unable to finish the season.
Maynard has approximately 25 years of volleyball coaching experience. Most recently he was the head coach at Oregon City High School for a year. He has also coached at Gladstone, Milwaukee and Franklin high schools.
"I'm retired and I've got lots of time," Maynard said of taking over the program. "I plan on being here for as long as my health will allow me — and I am not unhealthy by any means — and build a program. They are a great group of kids with very supportive parents."
Maynard plans on designing the system the team will used based on the abilities of the players that are currently in the program. Ideally, he says he would like to run a 6-1 offense, but given the players currently in the program, it is more likely that the team will run either a 6-2 or a 4-2.
He plans to make sure that the middle school program runs the same basic system as the high school and that both programs will run, as much as possible, the same drills as well as using the same terminology.
In order to ensure that happens, Maynard is already running open gyms for both the high school and middle school.
"We are doing some summer drop-in open gyms," he said. "For me, they are like a bunch of baby birds. They haven't been given a lot of technical training, and they are just soaking that up. We are still teaching them, even juniors and seniors, this foot goes here when you hit, you step this far, you do this, and then you do this. We are not able to actually coach the game because we are still coaching the skills so heavily. One of the other things we are doing too is we are running two sessions, middle school and then high school, and the high schoolers are invited to come and assist in the middle school open gym."
Maynard takes over a program that has not won a Tri-Valley Conference match in the last three years.
Although he would like to win immediately, his goals to begin with are somewhat more modest.
"Our expectations for this year is to get better," he said. "I didn't get to see all the teams in the league last year, but there are some pretty athletic kids on the other teams that seem to be coached well. I'm not going to come in the first day and win the league; that's not a realistic expectation."
Still Maynard's long-term goals are to become a playoff contender.
"We've got a culture change to enact at Madras High School," he said. "Long term we want to go to the playoffs, and then do well in the playoffs."
He added that after seeing how well some team members did in both basketball and track and field this past year, he beliefs that there is enough athletic ability in the program to be competitive.
"We have some very athletic kids," Maynard said. "When I started seeing the results that were coming out of track and basketball, I was very encouraged."
Madras High School is currently still working to fill the volleyball assistant coaching positions.
Maynard said that he is looking for interested individuals who want to stay with the program and provide some consistency.
"I want somebody that is willing to learn," he said. "They don't have to have a lot of experience. We are all going to run the same system based on the talents of the kids and we want coaches who are interested in staying for the long haul."
Maynard has two more open gym opportunities scheduled for this summer, Aug. 2 and 4. Grades 6-8 will be practicing from 3-4:30 p.m. both days, while the high school program will be practicing between 4:30 and 6 p.m. High school players are welcome to come to the middle school portion of the open gyms. Entrance to the gym is through the east side door.
Madras High School head volleyball coach Frank Maynard will run a volleyball team camp Aug. 9-12. Cost for the camp is $25, although there are scholarships available, so no one will be turned away.
Players are asked to bring a filled water bottle, and come wearing proper volleyball attire.
The camp is for grades 6-12 and will run from 3 to 5:30 p.m. each afternoon.
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