After four years as an assistant at College Station High School, Kimberly Svien was recently hired as the head volleyball coach for the Sealy Lady Tigers.
Svien will serve as head coach for the first time in her career and is excited about the potential for the Lady Tigers. Sealy went to the Class 4A area playoffs last season under Jennifer Vaden, who left for the same position at Mayde Creek in Katy.
Svien is familiar with the teams she will be facing with Sealy. During her first year at College Station, the Cougars went to the state tournament and lost to Bellville.
"This is the dream job," Svien said. "I'm so excited about it. I have a lot of support with Coach Mobley and a lot of confidence from the girls and my coaching staff. It's very exciting."
Svien played high school volleyball at Stephenville and went on to Abilene Christian University. She didn't play college volleyball, but was involved in the intramural programs and gained experience organizing tournaments and made contacts that helped her move into coaching.
"I was the administrative director of the intramural department," Svien said. "I coordinated games and tournaments. I worked for the 7-on-7s and networked that way with different coaches across the state. I was taught by two extraordinary coaches at Stephenville that played for the USA Volleyball team that really sparked an interest in volleyball for me. Not being the tallest player, I didn't pique much interest from college coaches, but I've loved the game since about the sixth grade."
Fans of Sealy volleyball can expect some changes to the style of play under Svien, but her goal is to continue the program's run of success challenging for the district title and making deep playoff runs.
"There are a few changes as far as the types of offense that coach Vaden ran," Svien said. "My girls are taking time to work on that this year in summer league. So far, we've seen a lot of success. We're hoping to have a lot of success utilizing the taller and more experienced players."
Sealy is competing in the Schulenburg summer league to get familiar with their new coach.
"We've had morning workouts and had the highest turnout rates of all of the sports," Svien said. "They're really stepping up as leaders, not just in their sports, but for girls’ athletics in general. Most of them are dual-sport athletes. They're showing up and encouraging the younger kids and showing the way we want to implement girls’ athletics."
When the Sealy opportunity became available, Svien saw a lot of similarities with the community and her hometown of Stephenville.
"I like that it's more of a country town," Svien said. "I can relate to the fairs, rodeos and culture that is embodied with that. I enjoy working with kids that have the same background that I have. I did rodeo, FFA and I was in every sport you can imagine just like these kids. I know what it's like to have to work around different types of activities."