By Harry Lipsiea
Lisa Zimmerman is in a familiar place right now and the Wisconsin native couldn't be any happier about it. The resident of Devils Lake was recently hired as the head volleyball coach of the Devils Lake High School volleyball team.
By Harry Lipsiea
Lisa Zimmerman is in a familiar place right now and the Wisconsin native couldn't be any happier about it. The resident of Devils Lake was recently hired as the head volleyball coach of the Devils Lake High School volleyball team. She takes over the reins from Warren Michael who submitted his letter of resignation as a teacher and coach this May.
For Zimmerman, the opportunity to be around the sport she loves is an exciting one to say the least. Growing up on the volleyball court, Lisa played middle school, high school, club and four years of college ball in Wisconsin.
"I really enjoy being around volleyball," she told the Journal Wednesday afternoon. "It's always been a part of my life. I'm really excited to have the chance to get back on the court." Her favorite component about the sport of volleyball is the team atmosphere aspect. It makes or breaks a team, she noted.
"Everyone needs to work together to have a successful team," she said. "It truly is a team sport." Zimmerman, who was a setter for two years each at Carroll College and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, brings a coaching as well as a playing background to the position. For four years, she mentored at club volleyball level while also coaching freshmen in Green Bay, Wisc., for a year and junior high for two years in Ashwaubenon, Wisc.
"I really enjoy coaching," she stated. "This seemed like a great opportunity."
So far, she has been able to meet and watch a number of potential Firebird players through summer league play as well as at camp.
"I have been very impressed with the level of natural talent in the athletes," she said. "It's something I didn't see during my time in Wisconsin."
Her expectations for the Firebirds are straightforward: to continue to make strides throughout the season.
"We are excited to kick it into high gear," Zimmerman said. "I think the thing we will really be working for is continued improvement. To just keep getting better. I'm looking forward to the getting the season going