Coach: Ken Brubaker
2012: 26-3, State Semifinalist
Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Brooke Karl (L); Kilee Kimmel (S). Juniors Sierra Hanes (MH); Emily Weithman (S/OH). Sophomore Jenna Delarber (MH).
Buckeye Central?Volleyball: (front, left) Jalissa Blum, Brooke Karl, Kilee Kimmel (middle)?Aleesha Siesel, Sarah Heydinger, Emily Weithman, Jenna Delarber, Sierra Hanes, Natalie Dentinger, Hailey Hildebrand (back) Ken Brubaker.
Others: Seniors Jalisa Blum (D). Juniors Natalie Dentinger (OH); Hailey Hildebrand (OH). Sophomore: Aleesha Siesel (DS). Freshman Sarah Heydinger (OH).
Outlook: It's not easy following a coach who had success.
Even harder when you're replacing someone who guided the team to a state tournament appearance a year ago.
But that's the situation Brubaker is in after a game of coaching shifts took place around the area. Former Buckeye Central coach Bill Bonham took the coaching job at his alma mater, Columbian. Brubaker, who had just finished his first season as Mansfield Madison's head coach, took the job here.
Brubaker brings years of experience from a coaching career that has sent him from Buffalo to Fayatville, N.C., to Mansfield and now to New Washington.
Being part of a program with BC's tradition appealed to Brubaker.
"I know the great reputation, and that's only reason I left Madison," he said.
Before becoming had coach at Madison, Brubaker was an assistant there for six seasons.
"A little bit of a change was good," he said.
And he said he already has seen some of the strengths of this team.
"We're a very good passing team and our setters are excellent, Kilee and Emily are the best setters in the area," Brubaker said. "Real happy with our passing and setting."
The other measure of success will be how quickly the new varsity players develop.
"There's three girls that are gonna (have) an impact that have not played a varsity point," he said. "We're improving, but our challenge is to get kids experience. But they're improving and coming along faster than I thought."