Like many other successful high school boys’ volleyball programs, York Suburban has had a solid foundation at the coaching position over the past two decades.
The Trojans are hoping that continuity continues after a coaching change from last season.
Oliver Good is now officially the head coach at Suburban. Good, however, is far from new to the program. He's a social sciences teacher at the high school and has been an assistant to former head coach Jamie Evans the past five seasons. Good was the team’s co-head coach last season.
“Jamie and I worked together for five years,” Good said. “We have a very similar philosophy on coaching. Jamie worked for 18 years to really put Suburban boys’ volleyball on the map. He built a good reputation and foundation for us to continue and try to build on.”
While Evans is no longer officially the team’s head coach, that doesn’t mean that the man who led the Trojans to the 2012 District 3 Class 2-A title has disappeared. Evans kept the team’s official book during Suburban’s match against Northeastern on Tuesday, March 27.
“He’s still around,” Good said. “He’s still going to help out a lot. It’s nice to still have his volleyball expertise and mind around to go to.”
Checking off a dream: Taking over as the head coach officially checks off one of Good’s dreams since he started coaching.
“It’s exciting,” he said. “It’s something that I’ve always wanted. Obviously there are some new challenges that come along with that. It’s a huge time commitment — you’re with the team more than you are with your own family, but it’s rewarding, especially when the players grow and get better.”
Junior-dominated outfit: Good is also excited about his team’s outlook. Most of his starters this year are juniors, which means they have a level of experience and skill that will be around beyond this season.
“We have one senior on our roster this year,” Good said in reference to outside hitter Peter Groncki. “So we’re playing this year for him and working hard to send him off with a successful senior season.”
Good doesn’t want his juniors to get too comfortable with the thought that they have another chance at a successful season next year. He wants them focusing on this season
“We have a really big junior class and a really small senior class,” Good said. “And I keep telling them, ‘you just don’t know when your last year is.’ There could be an injury next year, so we need to work hard this year as if it was their last year. They just got to keep getting better.”
Tough stretch: That was also the message he delivered to his team after Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the defending PIAA 2-A champion Bobcats. And it's likely one that will be reinforced when Good and his team take on defending PIAA 3-A champion Central York next Tuesday.
“Another big and tough match next week,” Good joked after the Northeastern game. “Another one of the top teams in the state. We just have to keep working to get better.”
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