GJ promotes Emmons from JV to varsity VB coach
At one time in her life, Shawna Emmons thought she was done coaching high school volleyball.
She returned three years ago and is now the Grand Junction High School varsity coach.
Emmons was promoted Friday.
“I’m very excited,” she said. “Three years ago, I was going to volunteer and decided I love it again. I’m passionate about the sport. I’m glad to step in. I’m going to give it my all.”
Emmons, 44, was the Tigers’ junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach the past three seasons.
“The past two years the JV team has been very good,” Grand Junction Athletic Director Ned Pollert said. “She’s done a really good job.”
The JV teams lost a combined eight matches the past two seasons.
Emmons could have several of her JV players moving up to varsity with her in the fall with only two varsity players likely returning in the fall in Ashley Preuss and Aleah Quast.
“We’ll have a little inexperience on the varsity level,” Emmons said. “We’ll do some things to get them up to speed. A lot of these girls played together for a long time. Several of them played for me the past two years.”
Emmons has more than 20 years of coaching volleyball experience at the middle school, club and high school levels. She was the varsity head coach at Cedaredge from 1992 to 1997 and resigned to raise her three children. The Bruins had at least two winning seasons, she said.
She has remained involved in the game since then, coaching middle school and club volleyball for 12 years.
“She knows what’s expected and what she needs to do to compete,” Pollert said. “She’s already looking at clinics and camps. She’s excited about opening gym in March for the kids not in spring sports.”
Emmons is a sixth-grade math teacher at West Middle School.