You can pretty much bank on one thing about new West Holmes volleyball coach Savannah Moore.
She has a zest for coaching.
In the last few years, Moore has been a middle school volleyball coach, a high school track coach and an assistant varsity basketball coach for Wooster High School, all while still participating in events as a member of The College of Wooster’s track and field team.
Moore, a senior for the Fighting Scots after one year at Baldwin Wallace University and two at Ashland University, has recently become the newest member of the coaching staff at West Holmes High School.
On March 22, the West Holmes school district announced Moore as its new varsity volleyball head coach, replacing memorable 20-year head honcho Jim Park. Moore is a 2012 graduate of Northwestern High School, where she was an All-Ohioan her senior year in volleyball and also was a three-time regional placer in the discus.
After a year of playing volleyball and throwing for the track and field team at Baldwin Wallace, Moore went to Ashland where she found her true calling, coaching.
“It was my sophomore year in college when I started coaching that I just knew that if I was never going to play again. That was okay because I loved coaching,” said Moore.
As a star athlete in high school and presently still chucking the discus and hammer for the Fighting Scots, Moore has had many coaches along the way. She said several of them had a massive impact on her life.
“I had a lot of coaches that positively influenced my life in high school,” Moore said. “Then my college coaches all thought that I should pursue collegiate coaching. After some time, I applied for some assistant Division III coaching jobs, but I have a passion for high school sports and students because I was so heavily impacted by my high school coaches.”
Moore is now excited to take the reigns of the Lady Knights’ program and use all this knowledge she’s pick up from said coaches and apply it to her new position.
“Getting the most out of high school girls is the biggest passion for me,” Moore said. “I love volleyball so much and realize what it did for my life, so I would love to instill that love and passion into these girls’ lives.”
One primary aura that Moore wants her team to exude is sportsmanship., and that starts with this year’s team and extends down the road as the program grows under her wings.
“We will have a respectable environment,” Moore said. “We’ll be really good losers and really good winners and be known for that. The girls will gain confidence and independence from the sport this season and the coming years.”
A season ago the Lady Knights got to the regional final with a large core of seniors that included All-Ohioan setter Cara Park. West Holmes also loses seniors, Makayla Palm, Madison Cox, Katie Welsh and Brittleigh Macaulay who were all mainstays in the rotation for the last three years.
That’s a ton of talent and experience graduating from the squad.
Fortunately for the Lady Knights, Moore has been in a similar situation when she was a freshman at Northwestern.
“My freshman year in high school (on the Northwestern volleyball team) we had seven studs that were seniors who graduated,” said Moore. “We were all sophomore starters the next season and we had a great year. This team reminds me of that situation.”
Moore has met with the team already and was impressed by their goals for the season.
“I see so much potential in these young girls and so much fire,” Moore said. “They wrote down some goals on some note cards and I was reading them after I met them and they have really high goals. Age doesn’t matter, if we have a lot girls that work hard over the off-season and work hard this fall we can take some teams by surprise.”
A cliche’ heard around the sports world all the time is ‘it’s a rebuilding year.’ Moore quickly put the kibosh on that old adage.
“This is not a rebuilding year because I do have high expectations for this season,” Moore said. “I’m not going to say that this is a rebuilding year and we are going to win a couple matches, I expect to win a lot of matches.”
Moore will graduate in May from The College of Wooster and is majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During her coaching days at West Holmes she will continue hitting the books in chase of a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology.