Coach David Moreno stands with the varsity volleyball team at the beginning of practice as the players routinely pass balls across the net as a warm up and telling them to move back to the line when they continue to inch closer to the net.
“I’m attracted to all sports soccer, basketball, volleyball — you name it,” Moreno said. “Because I coach it, that’s why I enjoy it.”
Moreno began volleyball in fifth grade and continued playing through college at the University of San Francisco.
“I still play and like to get out there with the girls,” Moreno said. “I find playing it is more enjoyable than watching.”
Moreno has been at Convent for nine years and is assisted by coach Kurtis Wong who has coached for seven years as the head coach of San Francisco Waldorf School and played the sport for 16 years.
“[The coaches] help us improve,” senior Julianna Wetmore said. “They know what they’re talking about especially during drills. Even though they’re tedious, they pay off in the games.”
“They’re supportive of our decisions on the court and give us constructive criticism,” team captain Emily O’Reilly said.
O’Reilly and junior Erika Jesse were already familiar with Wong who previously coached them in San Francisco Juniors Volleyball Club.
“They [the coaches] definitely help us to be more fluid and instinctual,” senior Briana Davis said as she described improvements in the team’s movements. “Making us the best players we can be.”