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Volleyball adjusts to new coach

Jan. 21, 2004

By Erica DeLeon, reporter

The Baylor volleyball program will be led by new head Coach Jim Barnes. The former University of Wyoming coach replaced Brian Hosfeld who resigned Dec. 6.

Barnes will take over a team that finished 12-22 overall and 4-16 in Big 12 conference play last season.

He comes to Baylor with eight years of experience as a Division I head coach. Barnes has posted a 163-98 record in the Division I circuit. His teams have won more than 20 matches five times, and he has earned Coach of the Year honors twice.

'They ask me how are we going to do it and how did you do it,' Barnes said. 'And I tell them there's no magic pill, no magic formula. It starts with building teamwork and integrity.'

Barnes is no stranger of inheriting a program with a record below .500. In 2001 Barnes took over a Wyoming team that previously posted a 9-15 record. Under the leadership of Barnes, the team went 20-11, producing the school's first 20-win season since 1989. Prior to coaching at Wyoming, he coached at Lamar University for six years. His teams produced an overall record of 128-71.

Right now Barnes is getting acquainted with his new team.

'We're putting everything together right now,' Barnes said. 'We're building our teamwork with trust and believing in each other. Before we start on fundamentals, we've got to develop our teamwork.'

Offseason workouts have begun for the team. Each player is getting used to the new workout system, sophomore setter Emily Huston said.

'I liked him a lot because he seems really ambitious and he really believes in us,' Huston said. 'He believes in what we have as a team and the we'll get it done. We're going to be on our way.'

This year workouts are three times a week and last an hour and a half. They are focusing on getting quicker and on ball control.

'We're all really excited about getting back out on the court,' Stella Odion, a sophomore rightside hitter, said. 'I'm sure Coach Barnes will take us where we want to go, if not further.'