SUNNYSIDE Erin Koerner has been hired to become the new Head Volleyball Coach with a plan of establishing a team with the drive to compete in the Big 9 Athletic Conference following the Board of Directors meeting on Monday, March 25.
“I am over the top to have the opportunity to build a program that will have personal and team growth,” Koerner stated in a written statement.
She resides with her husband Nick and 7-year-old daughter Kapri in Zillah.
“I look to build the team into a family and trust that we all will follow through and will play to compete,” she said.
Koerner has coached volleyball for more than 20 years and is a former class of 1994 Kennewick High School multi-sport athlete in softball and volleyball.
The player-turned-teacher began her distinguished coaching career in 1997, and has taught at all levels of interscholastic volleyball, including C teams, JV and Varsity.
She was appointed as a sub-varsity coach for Prosser High School. Koerner then went on to a similar role at Zillah as a sub-varsity coach before becoming the head varsity coach with multiple teams placing at the state tournament.
“The hiring committee feels confident in Erin’s personality, relatability and years of experience in coaching the sport of volleyball, both in the interscholastic and club setting,” Sunnyside High School Athletic Director Scott Paine said.
Outside of school volleyball programs, she has spent a tremendous amount of time coaching multiple USAV Club Volleyball programs in the Lower Valley, consisting of U10, U12, U16 and U18 teams.
With support from family and friends, Koerner opened Club Lokahi Volleyball in Zillah. The club has featured 10 traveling teams, as well as multiple youth development teams, while serving kids from all over the Eastern Washington.
“She is the right coach to have leading this program and, more importantly, our young ladies. We are excited to see how the program grows under her leadership,” Paine stated.
“I expect our program to represent their school and the Sunnyside community with class,” coach acknowledged. “…I look forward to seeing everyone support these young ladies as they work together as a unit, rising to compete.”