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John Glenn has five new coaches

Kathleen Luburgh / Jon Jee Published: September 26, 2010 12:00 AM

This year John Glenn has the privilege of having five new coaches: in boys soccer varsity coach Brad Martin and assistant coach Kyle Porter, for volleyball coach Christie McGee, assistant varsity and JV coach Annie Stamm and freshman coach Gary Stewart. These new coaches have many positive goals. They have big expectations for this year and are all trying to improve skills and wins from last year.

The boys' varsity soccer coach Martin is an alumnus of John Glenn, graduating in 1988. Martin started as a varsity player his freshman year. That year his team went 9-8. His sophomore year the record was 3-12 with 2 ties and his junior year 9-5 with 2 ties. Then his senior year the team went 12-7. Martin was named co-middle fielder of the year in the MVL and also First Team Eastern District.

Martin has played in many soccer games, but his main goal as a coach this season is "to improve on last season and start to rebuild the program to where it once was," he said.

This year is Martin's first year coaching varsity level, but he has many years of coaching experience. He coached several middle school sports including football, soccer, baseball, girls' basketball and wrestling.

Martin had learned several techniques and drills from his previous coaches that he applies to his practices now. Some skills they have been working on are ball handling skills and short passes. The team is making progress as the season goes. "They are coming together as a team and have started to work better as a team," says Martin.

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He's also thankful to have Kyle Porter as his assistant. Porter and Martin both graduated from JGHS in 1988. Porter has the same goals as Martin for this year "to win, teach, build work ethic and have fun."

Porter assisted Rob Gibson a few years back in the boys' soccer program. Since Porter admitted that he is a "very competitive person," Porter hopes and encourages more fan support. "We need as many fans as you can get us," Porter said.

The varsity volleyball team is currently 3-4 in the MVL. This year is McGee's first year coaching varsity level, but she has coached and assisted at all other levels including college.

McGee's goals aren't only to get wins but to "make my players better at the sport and better as people," she said.

McGee graduated from Muskingum in 1995. She played volleyball and really has a "passion" for the game. While she played at college she helped with summer camps. "Coaching was just a natural continuation of that," McGee states.

In the past she learned that "it takes guts, hand work and understanding to make a team work."

The JV coach, Annie Stamm, coached varsity at Hamilton Local in Columbus for two years. Stamm graduated from Muskingum in 2000. She also played volleyball in college and was All Ohio in high School and All American in college.

Stamm's goal is "to constantly improve each player on my team in order to have the best TEAM we can have, as well as have a lot of fun doing so."

Stamm wanted to start coaching mainly because she loved the game, loves kids and she loves teaching. "It's a perfect match," she said.

The freshman coach, Gary Stewart, is in his first year coaching volleyball, but he has coached many other sports. He enjoys improving the girls' skills. The freshman girls are currently undefeated.

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