Fate has a funny
way of working things out.
Earlier this year,
Amber McCaw and the Chesterton volleyball team had as much chance of coming
together as winter jackets and warm weather. McCaw, an Andrean graduate, was
coaching high school volleyball in California last season, while her husband
was coaching at Pepperdine University.
When McCaw and her
family came back to the area earlier this year, it coincided with Chesterton
looking for a new volleyball coach after Luke Starkey left the program.
It didn’t take long
for the coach without a team and the school without a coach to find one
wasn’t any connection except for they had an opening and it was a school
that was close to my house as we’re living in Chesterton now,” McCaw said.
“It was really sad to leave California. I loved my school, loved my
environment. I have little kids and if I found a coaching job, it would have
to be at a school near my house. It just so happened to be Chesterton and
here we are.”
McCaw isn’t a
complete stranger to Chesterton as she played high school volleyball at
Andrean before continuing her career at Toledo. McCaw, who was Amber Alm
before getting married, then coached at Andrean and Lake Central before she
moved to California.
battling Chesterton as well as the rest of the Duneland Athletic Conference.
“The DAC is a
powerhouse conference,” McCaw said. “You don’t have a lot of off nights in
the DAC. There’s not a lot of gimmie games. The expectations are high and
the challenges are real. That’s what we’re going to face as we prepare to be
successful this season.”
working with the program for open gym workouts during the summer and she
spent time meeting with each individual returner.
expected to be led by a quartet of seniors this season in middle hitter
Ariel Rohe, outside hitter Taylor Bowser and defensive specialists Lorann
Lombardini and Sammy Devereaux.
“It takes a while
to change the culture of a program and to change the expectations,” McCaw
said. “It doesn’t happen overnight. That started this summer at open gym. It
began with asking what are the expectations and the goals and how to make
them a reality. These kids now can draw a line and start something new.”
The Trojans open
the season tonight against Hammond Morton before going on the road for
matches at Munster and Andrean.