Mountain View’s head volleyball coach Angela Sweep was named 3A West Coach of the Year during the regional tournament in Cody. She is pictured here in the midst of the Lady Buffs during this year's Pink Game. PIONEER PHOTO/Samantha Maxfield
By SAMANTHA MAXFIELD
MOUNTAIN VIEW—Mountain View’s head volleyball coach Angela Sweep was named 3A West Coach of the Year at the regional volleyball tournament Oct. 24-26, in Cody.
She stated that in her 13 years of coaching, this past regional win is one of her top coaching moments.
“I think this last win was so big for me as a coach because I saw how hard we worked and what we went through last year,” Sweep said. “These girls worked hard in the off season, and to see their excitement is priceless.”
After graduating from Mountain View High School, Sweep attended the University of Wyoming and coached at a prep school during her college years. She coached for three years in Idaho before moving back to her home town to raise a family. Sweep coached eighth grade in Lyman, a year of junior varsity and is going on her seventh season with the Mountain View High School volleyball team.
Sweep said coaching and the sport of volleyball is a passion of hers and she knew she wanted to coach during her senior volleyball season.
“After we had an awful junior season, I questioned whether I wanted to play my senior year. That’s when Chad Teichert stepped in to turn things around,” said Sweep. “We had a great senior season, and I realized at that time that coaching is what I wanted to do.”
Resident Idaho State coach Chad Teichert acts as a mentor to Sweep during summer camps, and when things come up in the regular season, Sweep said he is always there to answer texts and phone calls.
Sweep wanted to thank the Mountain View administration.
She said, “They (administration) are so supportive at making the coaching successful.”
Sweep wanted to recognize the parent’s role during each season.
“All these years of coaching, I have come to realize that parents are a number one component to a team’s success,” Sweep said. “They are with us, not only through the good times, but through the bad times where they have to help wipe the tears and help get the girls back on the floor to get better through difficult situations. A good parent group makes a world of difference. This year I have had super supportive and positive parents.”
Humbly Sweep said, “Most importantly, this award is an extension of my coaching staff. We are a coaching team. Taffy Micheli has coached with me since the start, and Randi Egley and Julie Bateman are willing to do anything we need them to do and put in amazing amounts of time. Coach of the Year is not just me but my staff.”
Sweep said she takes each season as they come, and as her children continue to grow she leans on her husband for support.
“I love coaching. It is a passion of mine,” Sweep said. “I have taught school for a year. I have been a stay-at-home mom, but coaching has been my constant. It’s been a part of my life every year. If I chose to leave, it would only be because it was what was best for my family at that time. And, I will return when that time comes, too.”
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