Beaird to lead Lady Leaf volleyball team

Amy Carton
Khloe Beaird instructs campers in a drill during Geneseo’s summer volleyball camp.

The Lady Leaf varsity volleyball team will have a new leader this season in Khloe Beaird.

Beaird, originally from Roseville, has been named the new head coach and also will be teaching physical education at Geneseo High School.

“I heard about the coaching position in my interview for the teaching position, and I applied for the coaching position because becoming a head coach of a high-school volleyball team has always been a goal of mine,” she said. “I hope to bring motivation to the team. I want the girls to work hard and have a successful season.”

Beaird was a four-year member of the Roseville High School volleyball team, and continued playing the sport in college at Western Illinois University for the school’s traveling club team and spent two years on the team at Carl Sandburg College.

Beaird graduated from Monmouth College with a bachelor’s in physical education and from WIU with a Master of Science in Education.

“When I started school at Monmouth, I decided I wanted to start coaching,” she said. “I was the assistant coach for Roseville Junior High volleyball team when the girls made it to the Elite Eight. I enjoyed coaching so much that I decided to take on the track season for the junior high girls in the spring. I then coached at Monmouth-Roseville as the freshman volleyball coach for one year and junior varsity coach for one year.”

After graduation, Beaird accepted the physical education and health teacher position at Cambridge Junior-Senior High School where she coached sixth grade girls’ basketball for one year, seventh and eighth grade volleyball for two years and freshman volleyball for one year.

“I love the game of volleyball and being around young people,” said Beaird. “The fast pace and how the momentum can shift at any time is what I enjoy about the sport.”

Beaird believes her strengths as a coach are her knowledge of the game of volleyball and her support staff in the program; while she looks at her weakness being her inexperience at the varsity level.

“The biggest challenge I will face is getting the girls to play to their full potential and keeping them motivated to do this for each match,” she said. “I have been so impressed by all the girls I got to meet over the summer. They were all very welcoming. It was great to be able to get to know them and see them play the game. This is going to be a great season.”

Beaird said her coaching philosophy focuses one thing, team unity.

“The only way to be successful in volleyball is through team unity,” she said. “Team unity comes from communication, skill development, hard work, positive attitudes and cooperative learning in a supportive environment.”

Besides Beaird there also are a few more new faces on the coaching staff this season — Rob Tesmond, freshman coach and Casey Komel and Claire Hermie, assistant coaches. Faith Nelson continues to serve as the sophomore coach.

“The varsity girls will be wearing new jerseys this year funded by the booster club, and fans also can expect to see great defense, a fast offense and tough serving,” she said. “I am looking forward to competing. I can’t wait for game nights to start.”