Bixby's Zoe Kersey – Coach of the Month Spotlight Presented by Bixby Flower Basket
Bixby volleyball coach Zoe Kersey has spent a decade building relationships on and off the court. Success has come in many forms from winning tournaments to seeing her former players become successful in life.
Her passion for the profession is obvious when you see her work.
“The reason I love coaching volleyball is all of the incredible relationships I've built over the past 10 years. Seeing some of my former players accomplish great things as good people after their volleyball careers are complete just confirms for me that I'm doing something right. I've learned from various coaches what to do and what NOT to do and I'm forever grateful for both,” said coach Kersey.
“I even try to learn from our officials. I've been on that ref stand before, briefly, and I understand what they deal with regularly, so I try not to make their lives any more difficult. My parents and my husband have been an incredible support system that I could not do without. They come to games as often as they can and love getting to see the players progress throughout the season and their careers.”
Recently coach Kersey and the volleyball team traveled to the Sand Springs Invitational tournament testing new protocol for athletic competition in 2020.
“This year is different than any other. We're having to program these kids to adjust to COVID-19 protocols that contradict everything we've trained them to do; meet up in the middle, touch the shoulder of the player that made the error, shake hands to show good sportsmanship. After we get through this difficult time, we'll have to program them right back into our non-COVID norms,” said coach Kersey.
New ways of preparing and coaching have forced staff to create new game plans and routines for the athletes. Coach Kersey said the Bixby Athletic Department has done a great job in assisting with that process.
“We've gotten gaiters for all members of our program. They've been working extremely well compared to a mask alternative. Our athletic department has done a fantastic job of suppling us with bottles of sanitizing hand gel, spray, and wipes. We've been taking temperatures, screening our kids, and social distancing. Our kids and coaches want to play and to compete this season, so we're all being very diligent,” said coach Kersey.
This season is off to a great start and coach Kersey said the players are focused and ready for more matches. “We played our first game at Sand Springs. Enthusiasm was the least of our worries. All of our practices, our girls have been focused and determined to get better physically and mentally. I'm so proud of all they've accomplished already,” said Kersey. “I really hope to get back to having everyone at school. I'm excited to see their faces, even if it is behind a mask.”