Shamrock Volleyball Camp Goes Old School - We Bad

Pictured are girls in grades four through six who attended last weeks summer volleyball camp.

By Kyle Quick
--Over 70 girls turned out for last week's summer volleyball camp.  The students were divided up into three sessions: high school, middle school, and grades 4-6.

Head Coach Jaime Hoener, former head coach and teammate Julie Westermeyer, as well as assistant coaches Sharon Speckhals and Dennis Carey worked with players throughout the week focusing on fundamentals, teamwork, and respecting tradition.

Hoener began their final day of camp on Thursday explaining the significance and meaning behind this year's camp T-shirts and remembering to respect tradition.

Hoener asked her senior players for their input on this year's shirt design.  Tessa Kelsick suggested going "old school," bringing back the "We Bad" shirts from 1990's summer camp shirt, which happened to be Dennis Carey's first year as head coach.

Coach Carey talks about when coach Hoener played for him in 1992.

New Haven Volleyball has won four State Championships, all of them having one name in common, Dennis Carey.  Carey led the Shamrocks to their first state title in 1991 and their second in 1992.

Julie Westermeyer played on both the '91 and '92 state teams under Coach Carey.  Jamie Hoener played on the '92 state team with Westermeyer.  In 2000, Westermeyer, Hoener, and Carey found themselves together once again at the state finals, but in a different capacity.  Westermeyer became the head coach, while Carey and Hoener were both assistants.

Eight years after winning her second straight state title as a player, Westermeyer became the first in school history to win a state championship as a player and a head coach.

Ironically, five years later Hoener won her first state championship as head coach with Carey as her assistant coach.

Players now realize they were among the history of New Haven Volleyball and all four state championships the entire week, learning through the eyes of three coaches who know what it takes to be a state champion.

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Pictured below are girls going into seventh and eight grade.

Pictured below are freshmen through seniors.