By Dan Bourland
Western Sun staff writer
The Golden West college men’s volleyball is getting shaken up with the arrival of a new head coach. Coach Kasey Harwell is a native to Arizona. He arrived on the scene ready to work and to get his players working on getting to a state championship.
Harwell played for eight years, and was one of the coaches in the Arizona State University club college finals in 2003. He previously held two college coaching jobs where he built up their respective programs, and hopes to do the same for GWC.
Not only does the coach have aspirations of state championships because he says he has one of the top teams but he also expressed his desire to get his players ready to play for the NCAA college levels where he hopes many of his players will end up.
He plans to train his players to play like NCAA level athletes in their training and also plans to teach them how to make it through the grinds of a long season by staying healthy and not overplaying.
“Winning is important but winning isn’t everything,” said Harwell. “I expect my players to perform in the classrooms and to play with respect, not just for the school or the sport but to have great sportsmanship, and be gracious players on and off the court rather if we win or lose.”
He also expressed how excited he was for the four returning members of the team: Jose Ulloa, Weston Carico, DJ Koenen and Phil Lopez, because he expects them to be important this season.
Harwell has two degrees, one is a B.S. in optical sciences and engineering. He didn’t pursue a career in those fields because he said, “I’m passionate about the game.”
He has lead his team to an overall record of 3-1, and the team will next play Friday, Feb. 22 at Santa Monica at 6 p.m.