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Pamela Amos: New volleyball coach at DHS

by Chuck Smock

Sports played a big role in Pamela Amos’ high school and college careers.

Amos, who has been hired to coach the Douglas freshman volleyball team this fall, played volleyball, basketball and ran track at California’s Eureka High School.

She offset a rigorous academic schedule at the University of California, Davis, with a healthy dose of intramural sports. Amos earned a degree in physiology in 1998 and moved to Gardnerville after accepting a position as an ophthalmology technician for Dr. Paul Burton at the Carson Valley Medical Center.

After a year in the Valley, Amos decided it was time to get back into the game.

“My favorite thing in high school was sports and I played a lot of intramurals in college,” she said. “Looking back, if I had to point to one person who helped me the most, it would be a coach. I can name every coach I had in high school, but probably couldn’t name half of my teachers.

“I don’t remember which games we won or lost, but I remember how much fun it was to be on a team.”

Amos takes over the freshman team from Dave Myers, who was named varsity head coach after guiding the inaugural DHS freshman team to a 12-0 record last fall.

Suzi Townsell, who coached club volleyball in the Valley with Myers this year, has been hired to coach the Douglas junior varsity squad.

Myers isn’t worried that Amos comes into the job without any coaching experience.

“Her strengths are her enthusiasm and her knowledge of the game as a player,” Myers said. “She’s inexperienced as a coach, but she’s going to get support from the rest of the volleyball coaching staff. All of the coaches are going to be supporting all three levels.”

Amos expects to learn a lot from Myers and Townsell, but she has already established a couple of goals she wants to accomplish.

“The most important thing is to have fun,” she said. “But, I also hope to stay undefeated.

“I know I’ll learn how to coach. And this is a good chance to gain some leadership skills. I want to learn how to run a practice as efficiently as Dave does. He has everything down to the minute.”

And Amos is looking forward to the prospect of helping the future varsity players get off to a solid start with the Douglas volleyball program.

“I think that’s really important,” she said. “It’s an incredible experience for the girls to get to go to the high school to practice and play. It helps them to start making the transition to high school. And meeting the older girls and getting to know them will help with their maturity.

“If you’ve played competitive volleyball, you’re a lot better prepared to play on a junior varsity or varsity team. You only improve if you challenge yourself.”