Less than 10 months ago the Oly Reign Volleyball Club didn’t have jerseys for their players or even a place to practice. The club also failed to feature a single member on its roster, but this was all acceptable since co-directors Todd Oestreich and Holly Nichols were still in the process of lining up the volleyball club.
Oestreich and Nichols goal was simply to lay a foundation for the program to build on and field at least three competitive teams. Those two items have certainly been achieved, and then some. Just how successful has the club been during its inaugural run?
Consider the fact that not even a year into its existence, Oly Reign will be sending a team to the Junior National Championships next month in Minnesota.
“We have really exceeded our expectations,” said Oestreich, who also serves as head coach of the Reign’s 15U Gold team in addition to his overall club duties as co-director. “We were hoping for three or four teams and we have seven teams. We’ve had four teams finish strong in the regional tournament. We’re off to a great start and our coaching will make them more competitive as they get older.”
“The biggest thing for us this year was the families,” Oestreich said. “The families decided to trust us and go with us even though we were new. We have the history, but they didn’t know us. For this year it’s really about the families trusting us and buying into the system.”
Prior to starting the Oly Reign Volleyball club, Oestreich and Nichols developed an Olympia-area satellite program for the Puget Sound Volleyball Academy (PSVBA), eventually growing the club to five teams, featuring players between the ages of 12 to 17.