ALPENA, Mich. — Alpena High School returns veteran volleyball Head Coach Melissa Doubek who picks up the whistle for the first time since 2015, the same coach who brought volleyball to AHS in 1993.
Now as a late hire in July, taking over for Kolby Andrews, she will need to study the team fast. Doubek got her first good look at the team in a scrimmage on Tuesday. She saw a lot of hustle, but conditioning and strategy are going to be a priority entering the season.
Doubek is happy to be back on the court helping keep the program running steady while also co-teaching a 10th grade biochemistry class with Jenny Poli. This class is part of a new project-based learning curriculum.
“I love the design of a practice looking at skills that the kids are needing to improve on, and then designing practices and drills around those skills,” said Doubek. “You know, a lot of people love the thrill of the game and I love the thrill of the teaching and practice.”
The Wildcats and all Michigan High Schools are less than a month away from the first day of practice for fall sports that start on August 12.