With a new season comes new faces, and this season is no different.
For some sports they’ll look towards their new head coaches to help bring in great achievements.
New faces to the head coaching staff at Doane include Dana Vote for wrestling, Sheronda Powell for women’s basketball and Ed Hubbs for men’s and women’s tennis.
Looking to revamp their programs, many will be looking to them to lead their respective teams to victory.
Athletic director Matt Franzen is excited about the new additions to the coaching staff, most notably when it comes to communication.
“Often, when coaches have been around for years, communication tends to break down among them. The new energy brought in by these new head coaches will help to keep the coaching community from having communication issues,” Franzen said.
He also noted that none of these head coaches are in season during the fall, so being able to judge their success at this point was difficult to do. Based solely on their interactions with him and the existing coaching staff at Doane though, he was confident in their abilities to lead their respective programs.
Wrestling coach Dana Vote is already well-known in the GPAC for his accomplishments at Concordia University and Midland University.
With his three GPAC coaching awards, he is no stranger to success in the conference and is looking to continue at Doane.
He has helped a number of wrestlers reach All-American awards and has also coached national champions.
Vote has also shown the importance of education in his program with 12 of his past athletes becoming NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Women’s basketball looks to bounce back from an underwhelming season with new coach Sheronda Powell who brings a wealth of experience to the team.
Her experience in collegiate basketball is extensive, having played for Michigan State and holding a top five record for career field goal percentage.
She has professional experience overseas and an extensive knowledge of 14 years of coaching to go along with it.
If her abilities on the court are matched by her coaching skills, the women’s basketball team will be a force to be reckoned with.
Ed Hubbs has an immense experience with coaching including almost two decades at Creighton University.
Additionally he has three years of experience at Doane as an assistant, he already knows his team extremely well.
“The fact that I was here for three years, I know them, I know their games inside-out,” Hubbs said.
His experience coaching at a high level also gives him an edge and helps his players improve and achieve success.
With his previous experience with the team, added alongside his new role on the tennis teams, Hubbs will have a smooth transition with the teams while also creating a strong couple of teams who can each compete for the title.
With new head coaches, often there comes an adjustment period. However, when looking at the resumes of these coaches and their accolades to this point in time, the programs they are representing are in very safe hands.