WORK HARD, TEAM FIRST, TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
Hello Thunder Nation!
After 26 years at Desert Vista it is my time to retire as the Head Coach from the Thunder Volleyball Program. I am so grateful to Dr. Joe McDonald who hired me 26 years ago this month to build a brand new program from the ground up. I have been so fortunate to have had incredible administrators Dr. Anna Battle and Dr. Christine Barela who were so supportive and amazing mentors along the way. I also want to thank my athletic directors both Mr. TJ Snyder and Mr. Tommy Eubanks. They too were fun to work with and I appreciated their patience and support each season. A big thanks to Walt, Snowman, Nancy, Susan and many others who have been along for the ride in making our volleyball program a big success! Also, thank you to my assistant coaches Bryan Dell'Amico, Brigita Mazar and Haley Christiansen. I appreciate the personal time and efforts you made to coach and love how much fun we had! "It takes a village" applies in every way here. Desert Vista was home for me in so many ways and mostly because of the wonderful people who work there.
I am forever grateful to all the wonderful players that I was blessed to coach. It's been an honor and a privilege to have been a part of their lives and working to develop strong life skills in these young women through the sport of volleyball. I also am thankful to the many parents for their support over the years who were a big part of our success and also the friendships that came through this amazing adventure.
26 years, 642 wins, 2 state championships, 5 final four appearances, 50+ players continued a collegiate career, both high school and college All Americans, a couple pro players both indoor and beach, a few college volleyball coaches all from this incredible high school Desert Vista in a community called "Ahwatukee"!
Finally, I want to thank my husband John. I never would have been able to have done any of it without him and his support. Raising 3 kids, coaching and teaching would have been a challenge to say the least. John, you are my rock!
For those of you with questions regarding what happens next, please contact our new athletic director, Dave Klecka at Desert Vista.
Georgia Lee and Kylie Moran
on being selected to the
2020 First Team Tempe All City!
Georgia Lee, Molly West, and Kylie Moran
Desert Vista is a recognized and well respected volleyball program in the state of Arizona. The success of our program is a direct reflection of the hard work our players put in during the season as well as in the off season. You can expect success that is measured beyond the win-loss record. Success is within the journey as much as it is about reaching the destination. Our success is about uniting a group of individuals to pursue a common goal and overcoming individual differences in order for the team to achieve its potential. Success of the athlete excelling on a personal level on the court as well as off the court by being a part of something bigger than the individual. Our success is about teaching life skills through sports that are necessary to be a winner. The expectations are high for Desert Vista volleyball players. Being on the Desert Vista Volleyball team is a commitment to hard work and dedication that requires the selection of athletes who "bring something special to the court and their team".
Father/Daughter Car Wash
Another successful year raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation! Thank you to the fathers, players, community, and the DePriest Family who came out to support research for juvenile diabetes and helped raise $3600 in honor of Alex DePriest!
Desert Vista Girls Volleyball Head Coach