Multiple coaching changes are finalized for the upcoming fall sports season.
Both volleyball and football will have new head coaches, with football also having a new assistant.
Former Skyline teacher and coach Lori Anschutz is returning to take over as volleyball head coach after Kathryn McAllister stepped down after this past season because the time high school requires took away from her family time. She will continue to coach middle school. Anschutz came back after two years teaching and coaching at Pratt.
“One of the main reasons I came back is because my girls decided to go back to school here and I miss being able to attend their events and be on the same schedule as them,” Anschutz said. “I enjoy my job tremendously at Pratt, but also really miss the smaller family atmosphere. Skyline has something special with that.”
This summer Anschutz will run a minicamp so that her and her players will get to know each other and learn each other’s court expectations. They will also play in the Blythe summer league and she says she will push the girls to get into the weight room. Anschutz said that she wants to build a strong team atmosphere to be the backbone of the team in her first year.
The football program needed a new coach when former head coach Steven Novotny stepped down after one season. Assistant Andrew Nation was promoted to head coach after 10 years as high school assistant. Middle school assistant coach under Nation, Kenny Eddy, was moved up to high school assistant to fill the void left there.
“I expect that the boys will continue to learn life lessons and I want to continue the culture and stress the commitment and team concept to what we are trying to do,” Nation said.
The coaches and seniors worked together on a summer schedule to get back to winning ways. They will attend a team camp at Southwestern College in July and that same week when they get back they will have a camp at school. To go along with those camps they will continue summer weights in the morning and they are adding position-individualized skill work throughout the summer. With the struggles football has experienced the past few years, the new coaches are hoping the extra work this summer gets them back to more successful seasons.
“The mood has been down around Skyline football the past couple years and we are trying to change that,” Eddy said. “If people buy into the culture we are trying to create then the scoreboard will show the differences.”
The new coaches want to create a winning culture in every sport at Skyline.