My name is Jenny Young, and I am the head coach of the Vanguard Classical School’s volleyball teams. My love of volleyball began in middle school in Conifer, Colorado. I went on to play varsity volleyball for four years at Bear Creek High School where I also lettered in track each year. In college, I played for a year at the University of Northern Colorado. After college, I played in various indoor and outdoor volleyball leagues and coached one season at Alameda High School. Although I continued playing volleyball consistently, I took a break from coaching until I had the opportunity to coach the middle school girls’ volleyball team at Cherry Creek Academy. I coached those players for four years and grew that program from just 12 players the first season to over 30 players my last season. In 2019, I had the privilege of coaching Cherry Creek Academy’s first ever boys’ volleyball team. Most recently, I have been coaching the high school girls’ volleyball team at Vanguard Classical School where I am also the 5th and 6th grade writing and language arts teacher.
As a coach, I insist that my players understand that they are student-athletes, and that means academics come before athletics. When students truly love a sport, they work hard to make sure that their grades ensure eligibility. I believe in teaching players strong foundational skills upon which they can build
strength, confidence, athleticism and sportsmanship. My primary goal every season is to mentor players and help them to work together to become a team capable of playing well against any team they compete against. Last year, with a roster of just 9 players, we were able to finish 5th in a league of 21
teams. Being part of a successful high school sports program prepares student-athletes to compete at the college level if they choose, and their participation in organized sports helps players develop into young adults who are ready for future challenges that may even include a professional career in volleyball. I am very excited for the upcoming ’20-’21 volleyball season!
Hello, my name is Taylor Alexander and I am excited to be the new middle school volleyball coach for Vanguard Classical School. I am entering my first season but will also assist Coach Young at the high school level too. I have played four years of high school volleyball and other varsity sports. I also worked as the assistant sports information director at the University of Lynchburg in Virginia for several years. This year I want to focus on having a fun and successful season while building on skills for the next level. I am committed to ensuring that every athlete has a positive experience that fuels their love of volleyball and competition.