FREDERICK — For the third time in three years, Frederick High School is getting a new face to take over its varsity volleyball program.
Last week, Frederick High School promoted 32-year-old Matt Samson from C-team coach to replace Geneva Morford as the head varsity coach for the 2015 season in the fall.
Taking the reins of a program that graduated eight seniors after last season, Samson appears to have his work cut out for him. But he believes his familiarity with the program and increasing interest in volleyball at the school will help the Warriors return to the 15-plus-win form they had in 2012 and 2013.
“I realized that this was the job I really wanted,” Samson said. “We have such a bright future and the interests in the program in increasing. As the numbers increase, so should our talent. We have a lot of young girls who just need to get more experience. It might be a little big of a rough go in the beginning but we’ll be good.”
Samson, a 2001 graduate of Longmont High School, played boys volleyball for departing Frederick High coach Geneva Morford, who coached Longmont High School to a girls state title in 1996. Morford leaves Frederick after just one season at the helm.
Samson said there was some expectation that Morford’s daughter might take over for her. But when Morford’s daughter received an offer to play volleyball abroad, he stepped in.
Samson, who is a ninth- and 10th-grade English teacher at Frederick High School, applied for the vacant head volleyball coaching job before the new year, interviewed last Thursday, and was offered the job later that night.
In his first head coaching job, Samson, who also coached junior varsity for one year at Skyline High School before coming to Frederick, said he will focus on generating a positive learning environment before emphasizing wins and losses.
“Of course, the biggest thing is that we have competitive fun,” Samson said. “My sister will be my assistant and she’s really great with the younger kids. There are a lot of things that can distract so we aim to create a united family environment.”
The Warriors went 11-12 last season under Morford and finished fifth in the 4A Tri-Valley League. They went 19-6 the previous year in head coach Jamie Bradt’s final season.
Hoping he has found the man to halt the volleyball coaching carousel at Frederick High, athletic director Kris Keith said he is particularly pleased to be able to hire someone who is also a teacher and will be in the building during the day.
“Matt is a very energetic young coach,” Keith said. “He is very interested in doing his best to meet the needs of every player. He is an excellent communicator and will provide outstanding leadership. He is a member of our faculty and that in itself will be huge. He will be available for his players throughout the day.
“Matt worked hard as a C coach, spent long hours as an assistant basketball coach and is currently assisting in track. His enthusiasm and dedication to his craft are not only appreciated, they are also very apparent.”
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