VERONA, NJ - A little over a decade after playing for the program she once shed blood, sweat and tears for Sherilyn Ferrari takes over as Head Coach for the Verona Girls Volleyball Team.
“It’s really exciting because I love volleyball and I loved growing up in Verona so it’s exciting to kind of come back and work with some of the teachers that I had as coaches. I really want to do a good job for the District and these girls as well,” said Ferrari.
Ferrari inherits a squad that has had tremendous success over the past few years. A group of seniors come in having won a State Title and nearly 30 games in two seasons so their new leader will have her work cut out for her with a talented unit.
“It is really exciting especially because this is such a talented team, but not only are they talented they are just very connected and supportive group of young women….their personalities match their talent and that’s a really exciting team to walk into,” said Ferrari.
Ferrari was a 2007 graduate of Verona High School who excelled in her role on the team. A multi-sport athlete as a Hillbilly Ferrari will look to combine her athletic and communication skills to earn the respect of her squad.
“I’m keeping an open line of communication with some of the seniors as to what was great about the program that [they] liked and what [they] would like to see improve,” Ferrari Said.
While her entrance into the program comes off the heels of a somewhat tumultuous exit for their former coach Ferrari will employ a breathe of fresh air into the program she learned to love just a short time ago.
“I’m going to combine [their suggestions] with my knowledge of volleyball and coaching and keep it encouraging and supportive because I know they kind of struggled with that dynamic so I’m trying to keep it very positive,”
While new to the team as a whole, Ferrari will not come in with a completely undeveloped rapport. Citing alternative coaching programs she’s coached within youth groups, Ferrari will be able to have a handle on some of the squad’s talent on the way into training camp.
“[the team] obviously have a lot of chemistry because there’s a lot of seniors this year and they’ve been playing together for a really long time,” said Ferrari.
Ferrari will continue to develop the squad as the season progresses with less than a month away from the groups first regular season game.
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