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Rookie high school coach wants to create success by building a positive culture within the program

by: COURTESY OF DOYLE TRACY - Husky volleyball coach Doyle Tracy joins the North Marion staff as the program's fourth coach in six years. Changes are coming to the North Marion volleyball program, and not just who and where they play. As the Huskies prepare for the switch to the Oregon West Conference this fall, they’ll do so under new head coach Doyle Tracy.

“I’m happy to be joining the North Marion Huskies as part of their family,” Tracy said. “I’m very excited to work with the players and other coaches.”

Tracy replaces former coach Jason Ashley and is North Marion’s fourth volleyball coach in six years. He is moving up to the high school level after coaching club volleyball at Salem Volleyball Club and Northern Valley Volleyball Club, a Woodburn-based club started in 2011 by former Woodburn High School coach Melissa Kramer.

Tracy has also spent the past two years as an assistant coach for the Chemeketa Community College volleyball team. When the opportunity opened to coach a high school program in the area, Tracy jumped at the chance.

“It has been great being a small part of the community in Woodburn and the surrounding areas,” he said. “So, when the option of applying for a coaching position in the area was brought to my attention, I didn’t hesitate to go for it.”

Being new to the high school ranks, Tracy expects there to be an initial learning curve as he gets to know his team and understand the various aspects of managing at the prep level, beyond just coaching the team on the floor.

“I have a lot of work ahead of me,” he said. “There’s a great deal for me to learn about the “off-court” dealings and management. I’m looking forward to the challenge and will do my best to bring a positive influence to the program.”

Tracy was hired this past spring and has wasted no time in getting started with the Huskies. In addition to hosting fundraisers and meeting with players and parents, he has been helping with open gym practices in May and June and begins a six-week sand volleyball conditioning and training course this week as a precursor for indoor play this fall.

“Over the past few weeks of working with the staff at North Marion and some of the players and parents, one thing has become clear: We all wish to see a bright, positive future for the volleyball program,” Tracy said.

He will take over a North Marion program that is in a period of transition. The Huskies and the Yamhill-Carlton Tigers are two new teams in the Oregon West next season, joining the conference’s top four teams from the 2013 season: Stayton, Newport, Philomath and league champion Cascade.

The move could be a welcome change for North Marion after the team failed to finish in the top half of conference play in five years in the Tri-Valley Conference. Since moving from the Capitol Conference to the Tri-Valley in 2009, the Huskies have gone 14-77 overall and 10-42 in league play.

While Tracy wants to make responsible changes to help the team achieve success in its new conference, he says his primary job is to help North Marion’s student athletes grow as players and scholars.

“I do not measure success by a win-loss record,” Tracy said. “Rather, by encouraging and helping our students create their own success both on and off the court, we help them grow. The students’ growth and successes will undoubtedly have the exciting by-product of enjoying more wins.”

Part of that success is contingent upon fostering a sense of community within the program that he has already begun to pursue in the past month. Tracy hopes to see North Marion fans who are interested in seeing the team grow, offer their support through volunteering, donating time or money, or simply showing up to games this fall to cheer the team on in their new conference.

“I would ask that anyone, parent or not, that is interested in helping these wonderful, young members of the community grow, please offer your support,” he said. “It takes more than just a coaching staff to help student athletes succeed.”by: JO WHEAT - The Huskies will take on a host of new opponents this fall when the team joins the Oregon West Conference after spending the past five years in the Tri-Valley Conference.

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