SAN DIEGO — When San Diego coach Missy Gonzalez began organizing summer volleyball camp for the program’s high school girls, she knew exactly who she was calling to instruct the group.
She brought in former Alice coach Kimberly Paisley. Gonzalez was a coach at William Adams Middle School when Paisley was heading up the Alice girls. When Paisley left Alice after five seasons, Gonzalez was hired as her replacement.
In the coaching business, coaches often come and go, but the two remained friends and Gonzalez said she brought in Paisley to coach her girls during the camp in hopes that the group can pick up on some of her knowledge. Volleyball programs are allowed to bring in outside coaches to run summer camps and clinics.
Paisley led the Canyon Lake girls to an unbeaten 12-0 run through District 26-4A. Her season included two-straight wins against Wimberly, her high school alma mater. Canyon Lake’s season earned her a nomination to coach in the Texas Girls Coaches Association all-star volleyball game and to lead a demonstration to coaches.
With the Lady Vaqueros in San Diego Friday, Paisley ran the girls through a series of traditional drills and some no-so-traditional. One of the drills including volleying the ball and doing “burpees” after hitting a ball and a lap around the gym for a not returning a ball over the net.
“This is fun for the girls,” Paisley said. “I’m trying to keep most of it team-oriented. We’re doing some basic stuff and incorporate some new stuff and add some things.”
Paisley, a standout at Texas A&M University-Kingsville arrived in Alice in 2006. The Lady Coyotes were competitive, but she left after the 2010 season to tend to her ailing parents. She took a head coaching job in Smithville near her parents. Two weeks after leaving Alice, her mom passed away and she began caring for her father on the weekends.
She was at Smithville for three seasons before getting the job at Canyon Lake.