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The Alexander Dawson volleyball program has found a new head coach.

Holly Novak, a player on Boulder’s 1997 state runner-up squad and a former Broomfield assistant, was named the Mustangs new leader this week.

She replaces Alex Bodayla, who guided the team to a 4-13 record last fall in her only season.

Novak has spent 11 seasons coaching at the high school and club ranks, but said she feels the high school level is where she most thrives.

“I really connect to the high school age group,” Novak said Wednesday.

Novak said former Colorado Buffaloes head coach Pi’i Aiu plans to lend his knowledge to the program as a part-time assistant, an aspect the first-time prep head coach is excited about. But Novak brings her own solid credentials to the Class 2A school as well.

Before taking last fall off, she spent two years as an assistant for the successful program at Broomfield. A club player in college at CU, she also played a season for the varsity program at the Universidad de Alicante in Spain. And she still plays open doubles on the sand volleyball circuit.

Novak is the founder of the Fundamental Finance Academy, teaching clients personal finance.

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