Lady Red Hawks gear up for season under the direction of a new coach

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - As they begin a new year of women’s volleyball at Simpson University, the Red Hawks not only face challenges against their opponents but also face challenges with the transition of a new head coach. It is never easy for a program when there are three coaching changes in three consecutive years, but with Coach Amanda Visconti the transition should be a little smoother.

Coach Visconti is the school’s trainer and brings familiarity to the returners. She was named head coach of Simpson women’s volleyball in February 2012. She played volleyball at Paradise High School, where she received all-league and team MVP nominations. She continued her playing career Santa Barbara City College.

When asked what the deciding factor was to become the head volleyball coach, Visconti replied, “I missed the game and it seemed to be the right fit.”

Not only will Visconti try to revamp the program with the key additions of junior Crystal Nybo and freshman Audrey Green, she will also incorporate mental toughness and visualization as two key fundamentals to help the team improve on the “never two mistakes in a row” motto she always preaches.

With the Lady Red Hawks having expectations of winning conference, they practice serving drills and also work on setter-hitter timing, blocking sequences, and visualization drills daily. In addition, there are a lot of new girls who are trying to adapt to a new system, so the leadership roles have been more of a group effort.

“There are a lot of leaders; everyone is doing their own part and doing what’s best to get progressively better as a team one step at a time” said Nybo and Green.

Visconti believes consistency and drilling basic fundamentals will blend together in a recipe for success not only for this year but for future seasons.


Written by Daveron Ross

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