From basketball to volleyball
For North Marion's Trevor Bodine, successful coaching has always been more about building relationships and motivating kids than schemes, formations and plays.
Over the past three years as the head coach of the Huskies' girls basketball program, he has worked more on getting his players to buy into the philosophy of teamwork and sacrifice to the tune of three 20-win seasons, three state trophies and one league title.
This year, Bodine will take that same mentality to the North Marion High School volleyball program, where he was hired as head coach in addition to his continued duties as lead coach of the girls basketball team.
"I'm not going to lie and say I know a ton about volleyball, because I don't," Bodine said. "But I do know how to coach."
In his nearly 20-year history as a youth coach, Bodine has run the gamut of sports, including soccer, basketball, baseball and football. Although the rules and games may be vastly different across each season, there is one common denominator that stays the same throughout each activity — the players.
"A lot of it is just communication and how you deal with the kids and motivate them. I've got a pretty good history of getting kids to perform at levels they didn't think they could perform at," Bodine said. "You still have to lead. You still have to motivate. Get kids to buy in and that's really all coaching is."
North Marion's volleyball program has seen a number of coaches pass through its doors in the past decade, none of which have been a part of the program for more than two seasons. Bodine is hoping to add some stability to the program by providing the players a familiar face with a proven track record at the school.
Many of the team's top returning players such as senior Katie Ensign and sophomores Jaydan Sahlin and Megan Netter are already familiar with Bodine through the basketball program.
"A lot of our girls are carrying over," Bodine said. "It's such a small school, everybody pretty much knows everybody and you end up coaching the same kids in different sports."
Adding further familiarity and technical expertise, Bodine reached out to Netter's dad Tim to help as his lead assistant. Tim Netter has coached a number of the younger girls that were classmates of his daughter, Megan, and boasts a long playing career of his own.
"He played in Canada," Bodine said. "Played eight years for a club team in Canada at a pretty high level. So he's got good experience as far as playing and knowing what he's doing."
Bodine's other assistant coach, Lindy Wing, was an all-league volleyball player for the Huskies, played basketball for Bodine in his first two years at the helm and is a club coach as well. He anticipates that Wing will be vital in building enthusiasm among the young and incoming players to the program.
"It's important to have somebody down there that meshes with the girls, knows what she's doing and can keep them in the program," Bodine said. "If you don't have somebody at that level that can motivate kids and get them excited about the sport, kids are going to drop like flies.
"A good coach surrounds himself with good assistants," Bodine said with a smile.
Together, the trio will seek to build on last year's team that went 15-8 and 9-1 in conference play, earning a share of the Tri-Valley title with the Estacada Rangers while qualifying for the first round of the state playoffs.
It was the best season in years for the North Marion volleyball program, and Bodine thinks between himself, the coaching staff and the returning players, the Huskies have all the tools in their belt to do even better this year.
"This is a good group, we've got a lot of good returning players," he said. "I think we'll have a pretty good shot."
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