Chuck Sterni sees a championship volleyball team waiting to emerge from Millennium High. He figures it’s his job to provide the instruction and motivation to inspire the girls to play their best volleyball yet.
Sterni takes over this year as the head coach for the Falcon team after 6½ years in other coaching roles around town, including as junior varsity coach at Kimball High last year, as a coach with Tracy’s Club Levile and Xplosion Volleyball and as volleyball coach at Banta School for three years.
“Mentorship is my key,” Sterni said. “I’ve always been a teacher in different sports. I love giving back to my community and inspiring young athletes to get better academically and athletically.”
Millennium’s volleyball program went through a tough time in 2013 when coach Pamela Carroll-Adams was fired midway through the season.
Sterni is the first new coach under new athletic director Stevi Balsamo and has had the team together for nearly two months. The past three weeks were in conditioning, and the team was able to get back into full practices this week. He had enough players trying out for both the varsity and junior varsity squads that he expected to have to make cuts.
“When I got the job and had tryouts, I had 32 girls show up the first day,” he said. “They’re eager. They’re hungry for knowledge of volleyball.”
He aims to make the Falcon team competitive with the other teams in Tracy. He said that’s a tough challenge, considering that the student population of the charter school, about 480 students, is about one-fourth the size of the other high schools.
“We’re not like the bigger high schools, and sometimes we’re not considered a threat, but we’re out to change that. We’re going to put Millennium volleyball on the map.”
Sterni added that a big step in that direction would be to encourage the players to have fun while developing their knowledge of the game.
“My No. 1 goal is to bring these girls back into the love of volleyball,” he said.
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