Kate Madsen has no doubts she’s prepared and able to dealing with the obligations she has been given. Neither does her boss.
Madsen, a part-time assistant coach with the Kansas Wesleyan volleyball program the previous three seasons, has been promoted to full-time standing. It was a straightforward choice for KWU head coach Jessica Biegert, who enters her fourth season this fall – every with Madsen at her facet.
“With the student-athlete expertise and retention and all that, Kate was the right particular person,” Biegert stated.
KWU is 41-22 during the last two seasons together with a 25-11 slate within the Kansas Convention. The Coyotes have been 21-9 and 9-3 final fall.
Madsen distinguished herself as a coach a number of instances throughout the 2021-22 faculty 12 months.
“The final two years she’s been thrown into the fireplace,” Biegert stated. “I believe I’ve missed 10 video games the final two years attributable to (COVID-19) quarantines and she or he needed to step up straight away and be a head coach. She took the group to Chicago (4 video games within the Olivet Nazarene Event final September) with out me. There was no higher approach of testing her than these issues.”
KWU went 4-0 within the event however Madsen’s largest problem got here final winter when she named interim coach for the lads’s volleyball group simply after the beginning of this system’s inaugural season.
Regardless of having by no means been a head coach or working with males Madsen deftly guided a younger and shorthanded group by the season.
“After I took over the lads’s group, I positively had extra respect for Jessica and I spotted how exhausting her job is,” Madsen stated. “I did not have an assistant after I was operating the lads’s group so I really feel like I do know what I used to be combating and the assistance that I wanted. So, I really feel like I will help that approach simply because I do know extra of what is anticipated of me now versus earlier than. I really feel like it may be a much bigger assist.”
“I assumed she did an excellent job taking up this system,” Biegert stated. “They’d some successes in tournaments and their journey schedule was hectic and she or he did an excellent job with all of that. She obtained to do the operations facet as properly.
“They only wanted any individual to look after them and she or he got here in and did that.”
Madsen stated there are notable variations when teaching women and men.
“Girls need to know why you are doing issues this fashion; they need you to clarify that we’re doing this as a result of it helps with this,” she stated. “The fellows simply need to play; they do not actually care about why we’re doing it. They only need to be aggressive. I yelled at them as soon as and afterwards they thanked me for it. You usually will not get that from girls.
“Sometimes, on the lads’s facet they begin (enjoying after they’re) somewhat bit older in order that they did not have the fundamental abilities. However girls normally begin after they’re like 12 so I believe that was the largest hurdle for us to beat.”
Madsen received a nationwide championship as a student-athlete serving to Cowley School win the 2014 NJCAA Division II title her sophomore 12 months. She attended Wichita State earlier than coming to KWU to start her teaching profession.
“I really feel like I’ve actually grown into this place very properly,” she stated. “Jess has taught me loads. Along with her being out for COVID and all that and taking the group to Chicago after which taking up the lads’s group within the spring I really feel like I am prepared.”
This fall might be distinctive for Madsen.
“What I discover actually particular about all of that is the senior class that we’ve this 12 months,” she stated. “We got here in collectively after they have been freshman so I really feel like we have actually grown up collectively. That is what’s probably the most enjoyable, they will be seniors my first 12 months as full time.
The massive senior class means Madsen might be busy on the recruiting path.
“Undoubtedly recruiting transfers,” Biegert stated. “We’re shedding a giant class and a powerful class and we’ll want some transfers to come back in straight away and fill some holes. She was a juco child and is aware of that course of and has been by it.”
Madsen’s desirous to get began.
“Trying ahead to it loads,” she stated. “With all of the returners that we’ve I believe this 12 months goes to be tremendous enjoyable.”