Meet the Coaches
Taylor will be joining us for her second season this year. After a year off from coaching we are excited to have her re join the NW Reign coaching staff. When we asked Taylor her coaching philosophy she shared " I believe that hard work and discipline can get you anywhere you want to be and hope to instill this in the girls this year." She also stated that she like develop the knowledge piece of the game, "I believe in teaching athletes the "why" behind the game, this gives them an understanding at a deeper level and helps them learn to make strategic and wise choices during matches." We are excited to have Taylor's passion and enthusiasm for the game and development of young athletes this year!
Taylor began playing volleyball at the age of 9. She fell in the love with sport right away and played all the way through High School. During her juniors career Taylor played at an elite club in the Gresham/Barlow area formally known as Cascade Juniors VBC. In High School Taylor played at Centennial High School helping he team make it to the State Competition. Taylor was most recognized for her role as a DS but was also able to step in and swing on the pins when her team needed her.
After High School opted our of collegiate play despite having offers. She chose to reinvest in the game and start developing the next generation of players as a coach! She started coaching locally at a small club in the area with 16u athletes, before moving to Vancouver and helping out with Vancouver community programs. Taylor joined NW Reign for the 2016 season with our 12's pod, and will be rejoining us this year in our 14's.
Sydney will be joining NW Reign for her first season this year! We are happy to have her join our 14's pod with coach Taylor. Sydney recently moved to Portland and is looking forward to coaching in the NW. Sydney began coaching immediately following her juniors career. She began coaching a freshman girls volleyball team and successfully completed two seasons in that role. Her goals were to instill confidence in her players, promote a growth mindset, and pass on her love for the game. She puts an emphasis on positive mindsets, being a great teammate, and giving 100% effort on and off the court.
Sydney developed a passion for the game in the 7th grade. She played throughout high school and club as a setter. She continued her volleyball career at the University of the Pacific women's volleyball club team as a setter. After graduating, she has continued to play in competitive indoor and grass adult leagues where she was able to gain more knowledge and experience in her personal goal of being a well rounded player. We are excited to have Sydney join NW Reign.