Kenyon’s new chal­lenge: Coach­ing boys vol­ley­ball

The Tribune (SLO) - - The Cambrian - BY JOHN FITZRANDOLPH

Pam Kenyon has coached Coast Union High School’s girls soccer team with great dis­tinc­tion and success over the past 28 years.

Since 2012, the team has a siz­zling 67-5 record in the Coast Val­ley League. The Bron­cos have won four CVL ti­tles and placed sec­ond in four dur­ing that pe­riod.

This year, Kenyon was asked to step out of her com­fort zone and coach boys vol­ley­ball — a brand new sport at Coast Union. She knew the vic­to­ries would come few and far between, but she took on the chal­lenge and said — fol­low­ing a 1-16 sea­son (1-5 in the CVL) — she is “su­per proud of how hard the boys worked.”

“The boys im­proved and re­ally gave more ex­pe­ri­enced teams a hard time,” she said. “We played much larger schools (in­clud­ing Morro Bay, Mis­sion Prep, Nipomo and Pioneer Val­ley) con­sis­tently and the boys al­ways kept work­ing hard even though those schools had much larger stu­dent bod­ies and more years of ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The im­por­tance to Kenyon was not wins and losses as much as it was teach­ing the boys about the game of vol­ley­ball.

“They had great at­ti­tudes,” she said. “They never quit or gave up. I have never in all my years worked with a more ded­i­cated and fo­cused group of kids. They were will­ing to make changes as soon as I asked them to.”

Kenyon is look­ing for­ward to coach­ing the team in 2020, and is “sad” to be los­ing se­niors Ce­sar Her­nan­dez, An­drew Men­doza, Bran­don Loredo, Zach Azevedo and Luis Plas­cen­cia.

Pam Kenyon

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