PIQUA — Edison State Community College assistant volleyball coach Julia Haupricht will return next season as head volleyball coach, it was announced recently by the school.
The 2017 season will mark the beginning of Haupricht’s career as head coach but third season with the Lady Chargers. Formerly serving as assistant coach, Haupricht brings numerous years of experience as a coach and player to Edison State’s volleyball program.
“I am prepared to take the next step in my coaching career,” said Haupricht. “I am excited to have the chance to pass along the experience and knowledge my former coaches gave to me. Coaching volleyball at the collegiate level has been my dream, and I’m excited for the opportunity to fulfill that dream.”
Before joining the coaching staff at Edison State, Haupricht had a successful career on the court. In 2006, she was part of her high school’s Division 2 state champion team. Since then, she has competed internationally with Premier Volleyball Academy, played for Owens Community College where she is 10th all time in career kills, and received numerous accolades while playing for Siena Heights University.
She will hold the Edison State volleyball team to her same high standards. “I have very high hopes for next season,” said Haupricht. “I hope to win the conference, regionals, and to have the chance to compete for a national championship.”
With recruiting efforts underway, Haupricht is looking forward to the season ahead. “Recruitment is going extremely well so far, which makes me even more excited for next season. This year’s freshman class is an outstanding group of young women. They are such a talented group, and they excel not only on the court but in the classroom as well. They are very coachable and willing to learn.”
“I am also excited to have such a strong sophomore class return for next year,” she added. “I think they will continue to prove to be great players and will have no problem leading the team.”
“We’re excited to have Julia advance to head volleyball coach at Edison State,” said Nate Cole, Director of Athletics and Student Life. “She is familiar with the program and knows the competition. We’re looking forward to her leading the program next season.”
This past season’s Edison State volleyball roster included four girls from Shelby County, including Brianna Wells of Sidney, Erin Metz of Jackson Center, Samantha Vehorn of Botkins and Allie Watkins of Fairlawn.
For more information about Edison State athletics, visit athletics.edisonohio.edu.