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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Gaswick takes over Lady Demon volleyball program

  • The Dodge City High School Athletic Department has announced that Krystle Gaswick has accepted the position of head volleyball coach. She has been promoted from the head Varsity assistant position she previously held in the Red Demon program.


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  • The Dodge City High School Athletic Department has announced that Krystle Gaswick has accepted the position of head volleyball coach. She has been promoted from the head Varsity assistant position she previously held in the Red Demon program.
         “I am excited for the opportunity to lead the Red Demon Volleyball program," Gaswick said. "It is an exciting time as there is a very positive mix of experience and young talent. The dedicated attendance of the girls at team camp, open gym and strength and conditioning indicate the level of desire it will take for the upcoming season to be a success.”
         Gaswick is a graduate of Washburn University, where she played volleyball collegiately at Highland Community College before earning her B.S. in Athletic Training from Washburn.  
         Gaswick was offered the position upon the resignation of Ashley Nehls, who directed the program for the 2011 season. Gaswick will also coach track in Dodge and is employed as a Physical Education instructor at Dodge City High School. Her husband, Nathan, is a member of the Red Demon Football staff and teaches in the Business Department at DCHS.
         “Coach Gaswick has proven she is a leader and possesses a passion not only for the sport, but also for the well-being of the student-athletes in the program.  Krystle will give the young ladies in the program the opportunity to compete at a high level and will provide stability and discipline for the program," said District Activities Director Tamie Preston. "The Dodge City High School Athletic Department and Administration of Dodge City High School are proud to once again attract individuals with such leadership ability and coaching talent to lead our student-athletes.”
         This week, Gaswick has been immersed in middle school volleyball camp activities, as she begins to get a feel for the future talent level coming into the high school. The youth camp, which began on Monday and ran through Thursday, has featured both an elementary and middle school session.
         Each age level worked on different aspects of the game, with Gaswick overseeing the whole process within a few days of accepting the head coaching position.
         "During the third through sixth grade sessions, we're working on the basic fundamentals of the sport," Gaswick said. "Most of them have never played volleyball before, so w're starting from scratch. Passing, setting, and serving is about as far as we get. The older sessions, seventh and eighth graders, are still touching on the basics, so that way when they get to the season, they don't have to worry about fixing the little things."
         These younger camp sessions have given Gaswick an opportunity to dive into the potential talent pool that is surrounding the Dodge City program. Despite being an assistant last season, her new duties as head coach have opened her eyes to the things that can be accomplished.
    Page 2 of 2 -      "One thing I'm looking forward to is our numbers, we had 42 girls show up to the high school camp last week and there were 55 combined between the sessions this week," she said. "I've also seen a lot of different variety of abilities, which is not all bad, because we've got a lot of time to improve. The main thing is, is that they're here, so they want to learn."
         Now that she has accepted the position, Gaswick says that as soon as the camp is over, she will focus her attention on preparing the Lady Demon girls the rest of the summer.
         Whether it is taking them to the Kansas State volleyball camp later this summer or making sure they are taking part in the Demon Pride strength and conditioning program, the main goal is fielding a competitive squad for the fall.
         "We want to be continuously touching a volleyball throughout the season so once we get to day one, it's not the first time we've seen a ball," Gaswick said. "Then we'll start thinking about what kind of system we want to run, because we want to get a more fast-paced system put in place. Teaching them how we want to get that done will be the next short and long-term goal."
    Information in this article was also provided by DCHS.
     

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