Turnover has been a common theme for the Briar Cliff volleyball program. For the third time in four seasons, the Chargers have a new head coach.
Trevor Schirman, joins the program after spending the last year as an assistant at the University of California-San Diego.
Schirman's resume speaks for itself. The No. 1 recruit out of high school, he played collegiately at UCLA, winning two national titles. Schirman also played for the US National Team in the early 90's and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.
"We all wanted him. We knew his background, we knew he was a good coach, so, we're happy with him," sophomore Breanna Nogelmeier said. "As soon as we found out he was going to be our coach, we were excited."
"You know, I've got a philosophy. I've got one that I want played by. I was taught a certain thing, it worked for me, it worked on the international level. I'm trying to bring as much of that knowledge that was given to me and pass it onto the kids here," Schirman said. "Hopefully, it works out."
Shirman is implementing a new offense and will have senior setter Erin Frank as the focal point of the multifaceted, up-tempo attack. BC finished 20-15 a season ago, and was picked to finish seventh in the GPAC Preseason poll.
The Chargers haven't advanced to the NAIA National Tournament since 2010.
With the new scheme, they expect big things.
"I think we are one of the teams to beat in the conference," Erin Frank. "We came in seventh in the preseason rankings. I don't think that's where we should be. We should be higher than that, and I want to prove that we need to be higher than that."
"I fee like we'll surprise a lot of team," Nogelmeier added. "I don't think teams are expecting us to be as deadly as we might be, but, with a fast offense, they'll be surprised when they come play us."
The Chargers open the season Friday against St. Mary.
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