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Volleyball: Welcome to Paradise – Wolf lands first head coaching job

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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FRESH FACE – Mary Wolf will lead the Paradise Lady Panthers on to the court in August. This will be her first head coaching job. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Finishing college, Mary Wolf hoped to land a job to put her degree to use.

A few months later, the 22-year-old is now preparing not only for her first teaching job, but also her first year as the Paradise Panthers’ volleyball coach.

“It’s exciting. I didn’t think out of college that I’d get a PE job, much less a head coaching position,” Wolf explained. “I did the whole kineosology major and all-level PE degree plan and I didn’t think I’d be able to find a job, so I took additional certification tests and then I got this one.”

Wolf will lead her first workout with the Lady Panthers Aug. 1 when players report for the start of two-a-days. She doesn’t expect to get much sleep the night before.

“I didn’t sleep before the first day of two-a-days in high school. I don’t think it’s going to happen now,” Wolf said. “I’m excited for two-a-days to start. It was always scary in high school, but once it started it was always a lot of fun after we ran.”

Her first workout will start with the one-mile run.

While new to coaching, she’s a veteran on the volleyball court, playing at tradition-rich Windthorst. The Trojanettes have won 13 state titles, including one in Wolf’s freshman year in 2008. Her junior and senior seasons, Windthorst fell to Wink in the region semifinals.

She expects her background at Windthorst will help her as she starts her first job.

“It’s definitely the best background to have to jump into a head coaching position,” Wolf said. “I really get the feeling that Paradise is going to remind me a lot of Windthorst.”

One similarity between the two is that most of the girls play multiple sports.

As a young coach she hopes to be able to relate to her players, but also knows she has to set a proper example.

“I have to make sure I start out strict and on the right foot,” Wolf said. “It will definitely help because just four years ago I was in high school. I understand what life is like at that age.”

Wolf takes over for the recently retired Susie Burt, who led Paradise to the playoffs in eight times since 2002. The Lady Panthers reached the region quarterfinal in 2009.

“She had a great program. I’m real excited to see what we can achieve now,” Wolf said.

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