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Schulte in charge of BHS volleyball againPosted Thursday, July 30, 2009, at 1:21 PM
Schulte, who has been coaching the junior high volleyball program at Bloomfield including her daughter Kari the past two years, will be replacing Jennifer Heaton, who decided to not return as varsity coach after the birth of her child last October.
This will be her fourth stint as head coach, not including subbing for Heaton last year at the sectional.
"I guess this is Deja Vu all over again," laughed Schulte after finishing up one of her youth camps recently. "I guess I am an emergency replacement, all over again."
The last time that Schulte was in charge of the Lady Cardinal program was 2006. They struggled through a 9-19 regular season before catching fire and winning the Class 2A Bloomfield Sectional.
"I think that team really surprised a lot of people, including myself," said Schulte, who has a 147-88 career record in seven season at BHS. "The girls really rallied behind Abbie (Humerickhouse), who had problems with her blood sugar and couldn't play in that first match.
"We just happened to get hot at the right time. The girls really found their confidence and started to believe they could win."
Schulte, who has taught both physical education and special education at Bloomfield, said she has worked with most of the players that will be on the 2009 roster, which has made the transition easier.
"The seniors were freshmen when I coached in 2006," said Schulte, who has guided the Lady Cardinals to five sectional championships (1994, 1999-2001, 2006) "The only group I don't know very well is the sophomore class."
Schulte said this has been a typical summer -- featuring open gyms and youth camps.
"We have had really good attendance all summer," said Schulte, who led the Lady Cardinals to the Class A State Finals in 2000. "The girls have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming season.
"Our numbers started out in the high 20s. I am anticipating having about 20 girls at the start of practice on Aug. 3."
Schulte, who is painfully shy about having photos of herself taken, said that this is not about her, but about the kids.
"It is not about me, it is about the girls," she said. "I am glad to do this for a year or maybe two, but I don't want to coach my daughter on the varsity."
Schulte added that Bloomfield plays one of the toughest schedules around. "That is something that has not changed.
"But as in all sports at Bloomfield, the record is not the important thing. What is important is being competitive at the sectional and bringing home the hardware. That is always my goal as coach."
B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12.
Year -- Record
1994 -- *#26-5
1999 -- *#26-7
2000 -- *#$25-11
2001 -- *#29-9
2002 -- 11-22
2003 -- 18-14
2006 -- *12-20
Totals -- 147-88
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