Winfield, Mo. – Under coach Brian Hawkins, the Winfield volleyball team has won 18 games, the District 6 Class 3 Championship and reached the State Tournament.
Hawkins has since moved on and Maggie Schulte has taken over a program with a history of success.
“I have big shoes to fill,” said Schulte, who was a college coach before he was promoted to varsity coach. “It’s definitely a tough act to follow.”
Schulte will also have to replace a pair of top executives on that team in Chloe Kaimann and Taylor Gentemann. While Schulte has said leadership is irreplaceable, she said returning players can fill that void.
“These girls were great, and these are big shoes to fill,” said Schulte. “However, we have returning daughters who have a lot of courage and are ready to show the community what they have to offer as well.”
Schulte also said leadership can be found in the upper classes who were part of this district title-winning team.
“We have older people who can guide us,” she said. “I hope they can pick up where they left off.”
Even though the Warriors will have targets on their backs, Schulte said his unit is up to the challenge – and has the potential to be even better than last year.
“This team did very well last year,” she said. “We still have players who can meet and exceed those expectations.
“I don’t doubt it at all.”
Winfield opens the season at Bowling Green on August 27 before home games against Warrenton and St. Charles.
On September 7, the Warriors travel to take on their county rival, Troy Buchanan.