A new era at Northwest began on Monday, as Amy Gaston made her debut as the varsity volleyball coach. Gaston replaces Dayna Horak, who retired from coaching. Horak spent eight seasons running the Northwest program and guiding the Lady Texans to the playoffs in six seasons.
However, the program became burdened by bi-district playoff frustration. Last year, Northwest seemed to have the team that was ready to make the push beyond the bi-district round. However, the Lady Texans were stunned by North Crowley.
Gaston, who spent the previous five seasons at Canyon Randall as the No. 1 assistant, has her first head coaching assignment. She had all spring to implement her style of play.
Her passion is already rubbing off on the program. But Gaston admits it will be a different world once she starts Aug. 14 at the Texas Invitation Tournament in Pearland.
“I’ll be nervous and there will be questions about getting it done,” Gaston said. “But this is what I wanted to do.”
Gaston is going to preach hard work with this team throughout the season. The group is good enough to return to the postseason. But there’s also some youth that doesn’t make it a lock, either.
“I’m not just asking that of them,” Gaston said. “They’re going to see me working really hard, to the point where I’m exhausted.’’