Sinclair Community College women’s volleyball team Coach K.C. Gan has been known for his amazing coaching skills for our Lady Tartans, Coach Gan has been the head coach for the women’s volleyball team since 1999, this will be his 16 season with the women’s volleyball team. Coach Gan isn’t just a coach, he has also been a player himself. In 1968- 1969 Gan was named captain from Muar High School, in Malaysia. In 1981 -1986 he played for the USA open tournament. 2000- 2005 Gan was part of the USA Senior Olympic tournaments. Coach Gan had many other playing experiences. Unlike most, Coach Gan had never pictured himself coaching for a women’s college team. He soon changed his mind after helping his daughter with a one on one session, which he still does with many other players. “Coaching is my passion, I’ve always wanted to coach. I love coaching” said Coach Gan.
Coach Gan’s objective this season is not only to improve with his record from last year but also to bring this years team to play at a higher level. “Hopefully I see some great improvement by the end of this season, the great part about this new team is that they are all coachable” Said Coach Gan. When asked what his struggles were with last years teams, Coach Gan responded,“ Last year team
wasn’t a struggle for me but my main trouble was coaching a with a two time All American, because it’s hard to coach a team with a superstar,” Gan said. “Not everyone was able to meet up to her potential. This year team is much easier than last year, everyone is at the same level and willing to teach each other without one player being better than the other.
The women’s volleyball team has seven new
freshmen players, Samantha Armantrout, Meslissa Mireles, Stephanie Anderson, Erica Cole, Emily Ostendorf, Krystal Falknor, and Kendra Vanover, along with five returning players Carly Butler, Elizabeth Collins, Rebecca Moyer, Tiffany Jordan and Claire MccGowan. Gan said “All these players are very capable to become leaders.”
“I want to see leadership this year I’m not sure from whom will this leadership will come from but hopefully one of my returning players show out for me this year” said Coach Gan.
The lady Tartans started off their season with their first home game vs. Vincennes University, with a strong start, strong with hits from left to right and great back and forth matches, the ladies were able to end the night with a one game victory. From the looks of it this will be a great season for our girls.
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