Water polo announces new coach

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Photo by Dale Horne.

Sophomore Abigail Hausfeld jumps to block the ball. Hausfeld was the Varsity goalie as a sophomore. She plans to play with the local club team Moose Water Polo in the spring and summer.

Hannah May, Co-executive Editor

After the conclusion of the water polo season, Coach Nicholas Hellwig announced his resignation as the head of the girls program.

Before the 2015 season, Hellwig acted solely as the head coach of the SHS boys team. However, he decided to take charge of both programs for this past season.

Hellwig said, “I had to choose because I had to spend more time with my family and it was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make. The girls being as consistent as they are made it easier to look for another coach where I wouldn’t feel like I was abandoning a struggling boys team.”

After an extensive interviewing process, Athletic Director Phil Poggi, along with the help of Hellwig, appointed former girls and boys assistant coach Jessen Link as the new head coach of the girls team.

Sophomore Abigail Hausfeld said, “I am excited for next season. I think that Link will be a good coach for us because he already knows the team and how the program is run.”

Assistant coaches for the girls team have not been announced yet. Science teacher and former collegiate swimmer Mrs. Beth Quinones has been placed as the boys assistant coach.

The new coaching staff is helping to run spring conditioning. The current schedule is:
Yoga on Mondays
Swimming on Tuesdays
Skill conditioning on Thursdays

The coaches hope to have more availability in order to train more before the start of the season.