Separately, Jay Golsteyn and Bishop Luers have made volleyball history. Now it is a matter of doing it together.
Golsteyn, a former IPFW All-American, takes over a Knights program that is the defending SAC tournament champions and has made appearances in the state finals in the 2002 and 2003.
The Knights (0-1) will begin the title defense of the SAC tournament at North Side today. The finals will be around noon Saturday. Luers will be in red pool play with Concordia, Northrop and Wayne. In the white pool are Bishop Dwenger, Snider, North Side and South Side.
I am just going into it as a learning experience of what my team can do and what they can’t do and get them better for the end of the year, Golsteyn said of being the defending tournament champions. For me, it is just another tournament.
Golsteyn played for the Mastodons from 1986 to ’89, was named IPFW’s athlete of the year as a senior and is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame. He coached club volleyball in Nashville, Tenn., for 15 years, winning two national championships and at the high school level for eight years, getting to the state finals twice.
He replaces Scott Shipman as Knights coach.
I don’t know what kind of team I got yet until we get out there, Golsteyn said. One thing I do know is I have seen a lot of fight in our kids, and they want to win. We are not the tallest group or the strongest athletes in the world, but having a lot of fight is going to take us a long way.
We’ve got to be able to attack every ball that comes over, whether it is a tip, a roll shot or a hit. That’s what our drills are in practice mainly to do.
Luers, which lost its season opener Tuesday against Homestead 3-1, returns four key senior starters in outside hitter McKenzie North, middle hitter Logan Gillie, setter Bailey Roe and libero Megan Lee.
We will be relying on them pretty heavily, Golsteyn said of the seniors.
Golsteyn returned to Fort Wayne in September. He founded the Pineapple Volleyball Club and is the volleyball director at the SportOne/Parkview Fieldhouse.
There are obviously differences of what the kids are doing now compared to what I want them to do, Golsteyn said.
They’ve got good skills, but we just have to get them understanding my philosophy at this point.