Samantha Groves has been named the Eastern Mennonite School varsity girls volleyball coach.
“My own coaches were so formative in my youth, and I’ve always wanted to help shape a team culture and girls’ lives by giving back as a coach,” says Groves.
Groves held the position of libiro at Eastern High School in Beaver, Ohio, and also played club ball year round. She was a defense specialist at the college level at Shawnee State University, where she studied business with a concentration in healthcare administration.
“It’s a good time for me to dedicate myself to a program,” says Groves. She, her husband and two young children relocated to the Valley from Ohio in spring 2020, just as Covid shut things down. “Now I can channel my passion for the sport and my experience with formative coaches to a new generation.”
EMS volleyball has had a number of transitions since winning seasons under Coach John Williams and the challenges of training and competing with Covid restrictions. “It’s exciting to be looking at a fresh start,” says Andrew Gascho, athletic director. “Our players are anxious to begin working out during open gyms, and what next fall will offer.”