Coach's Corner - V

  •  Girls Varsity Volleyball

    About the Girls Varsity Volleyball Program

    The varsity volleyball season is focused on capitalizing on all of the skills that have been developed throughout a players modified and junior varsity seasons. The varsity team's players are still learning and furthering their skills but at a more competitive level. At this level players are seeking out opportunities to further their careers in college and potentially receive scholarships.
    The girls varsity volleyball season requires players to be well conditioned in order for them to be able to compete in a match from start to finish. We stress the importance of fitness and nutrition to our players; in order to be successful in the sport of volleyball a player must exude strong stamina and endurance and with that comes making sure they are exercising consistently and consuming the proper foods in order to perform at their maximum and best capability. For anyone that is interested in joining the volleyball program it is strongly recommended that you workout and get some volleyball touches daily.  We recommend attending as many summer opportunities as possible to gain volleyball touches whether it be through private lessons, camps or open gyms around the area. 
    The volleyball program as a whole requires our athletes to be peek performers in the classroom and on the court. Students must be able to manage their schoolwork load in order to participate on the team. We have practices or games everyday after school during the week, with some tournaments on the weekends; and all players are required to attend every practice and game. We expect our athletes to work hard at all times and be responsible and positive influences on and off the court!
    Fall-2 Varsity Tryout Information:
    Dates/ Times:
    3/22/20: 6:30-8:00pm (Middle School Gym) - Tryouts
    3/24/20: 6:30-8:00pm (Middle School Gym) - Tryouts
    3/25/20: 5:30-7pm (Middle School Gym) - Tryouts 
    • Each athlete is required to attend all three days of tryouts. If there are any conflict dates with the tryouts please contact both the athletic department and I to make arrangements.
    • All athletes need to be signed up through the Fall-2 sign up through their Aspen account by March 18th, 2021.
    •        Please come prepared with: a mask, appropriate workout attire, running sneakers, court sneakers, a water bottle and ready to work hard!
    Coaching Staff
    Coach: Simmone Talford

    Coach Talford graduated from Clarence High School in 2012 and from Medaille College with her bachelors of science in business administration and management in 2016. During her collegiate volleyball career at Medaille she was the starting setter for all four years. Her freshman year she was named conference newcomer of the year after helping lead the team to a conference title and making an NCAA appearance; and her senior year she was named conference player of the year and Medaille College Female athlete of the year after helping guide the team to win a regular season conference championship, the first in Medaille's history. During her career she was named to an all-conference team at the end of each season; second team all-conference her freshman year and first team all conference her sophomore, junior and senior years. Talford concluded her collegiate run as Medaille's all-time leader in assists (3,719), service aces (164), and sets played (164). She also ranked in the top ten all-time in five other categories: second in block assists (148), third in total blocks (224), fifth in solo blocks (76), sixth in digs (857) and sixth in attack percentage (.229).

    Coach Talford began coaching as a volunteer coach for Robin Shifflet’s summer volleyball camps from her junior year in high school to her senior year of college. After concluding her career as a player Talford began furthering her coaching career by becoming the JV coach at Amherst Central High School in 2016; and in 2018 she was named the head varsity coach for the Amherst program. She was served as an assistant coach on Medaille College's women's and men's volleyball coaching staff alongside head coach Keith Koch from 2017-2020. She also served as the head coach for the Canisius College women's volleyball club team from 2017-2019. Coach Talford also coached club for NFVB for two years before leaving to team up with cofounder Brittany Murdie to create TVA.