Shawnee Mission East taps recent University of Texas player as new head volleyball coach

Jay Senter - March 14, 2017 11:00 am

NicoleDaltonShawnee Mission East announced this month that it was bringing on Nichole Dalton, a recent graduate of the University of Texas who made the Academic All-Big 12 First Team twice in her college career.

Dalton grew up in Parker, Colo., southwest of Denver, where she was a standout player at Chaparral High School, being named to Volleyball Magazine’s Fab 50 recruit list in 2011. During her time, Chaparral won the Colorado 5A championships in 2011 and 2012.

As a high school junior, she committed to play for the Longhorns in college. Initially recruited as a right side setter, she eventually moved to the defensive specialist role as an upperclassman. Now 22, she said she’s excited for the opportunity to work with a high school team.

“What appeals to me is that when I look back on my high school experience, it was so much fun. My coach really understood how to engage the girls on the team and get the rest of the school involved,” she said. “I’m excited to be part of that at East, to bring that same feeling.”

Dalton will also work as a full-time substitute teacher in the district.

Dalton replaces the outgoing Patty Phillips, who joined the team in 2014.

She said that the Lancers clearly have a strong foundation to build upon, having finished third in the state 6A tournament this year.

“They clearly have a lot of talent, which is exciting,” she said. “You always want to see if you can set the bar even higher. The thing you have to have is players who are willing to work hard, and it’s clear they are.

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