It’s quite rare to see a program with a growing reputation go through as many changes as what the Mead volleyball team has endured.

But when the 2015 season begins next fall, the Mavericks will be guided by another coach, their third in past three seasons.

Former Poudre coach Michael Dumler was recently hired to take the place of Nicole Tycksen, who in her one year at the helm took MHS to its first state tournament.

The Mavs have increased their win total each of the past four seasons going back to the tenure of Rachel Ayers. In many ways, Dumler was at the right place at the right time when the Mead position came open.

“I had actually moved down to Firestone, so it was going to make Poudre a 54-minute drive from where I’m living right now,” said Dumler, who works in construction with his brother. “There were several positions open around … but Mead was the first one on my list and the first one that I applied for.”

While Dumler has been at the Fort Collins-based Poudre for the past five years, he has been a club coach for a little bit longer period of time within the Loveland Volleyball Club system.

It is through that association that he knows many of the Mead players, so there is familiarity and established relationships heading in. Dumler said that made it all the more perfect of a fit for him.

Though the 2014 Mavericks were senior-heavy — boasting a roster of eight in their final prep season — Dumler is excited to work with a cast of younger players that will be there over the next two or three years.

“I have several of the girls in that club, and I’ve come to know that they are great girls, with some great parents,” he said. “When this job came open, it was definitely something that I wanted to take a look at.

“When you are a club coach as well, you always like to follow your girls through their high school seasons. It was exciting to watch them grow, and seeing them build up, it looks like a great program with a great feeder system.”

Dumler’s vacancy at Poudre was also recently filled by Tom Hunter, who coached Longmont last year. That will leave the Trojans in a similar situation next fall.

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