Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2001

Surprising inaugural year success has MVHS sports program eager for more

August 23, 2001

As Mill Valley High School opens its doors to its second-ever graduating class, the school is also opening its doors to its second-ever season of athletics.

In the school's inaugural year, its sports programs enjoyed more success than might be expected by a first-year school.

"Last year, for a first year school, we had phenomenal success," Mill Valley athletic director Sean Reilly said. "I attribute that to the hard-working athletes, the supportive families and the extremely dedicated coaches we have here."

Fortunately for Reilly, as well as the entire school, all five coaches who ran last year's fall sports are back for their second years and Reilly couldn't be happier about it.

"Whether it's a new school or a school that's 50 years old you like to have continuity with your coaches," Reilly said. "That's great for a program. But in our case, not only do we have that this year, but we also have such a great dynamic with our coaches. They all get along and they all support each other's programs."

Volleyball coach David Beach said he's always happy to help his fellow coaches with whatever they might need and to see them take time to watch his team's games.

"We really try to support each other when there's not a schedule conflict," Beach said. "It's great for the players and it's great for the coaches to see the community at our school support them."

Beach is not the only coach at MVHS who has been more than happy to support the other sports. Reilly said he knew of several occasions where cross country coach Mark Chipman went to a football game or Radell went to a soccer game. All of the coaches at Mill Valley are very interested in laying a foundation for success in athletics at the school.

Beach also said the motivation to improve from year to year would almost certainly kick in as the beginning of this year draws near.

"We did this the first year, so what can we do better now that it's our second year?" Beach said. "It's a great motivator."

As the school's athletic director, attitudes like that make Reilly's job a lot easier.

"The foundation has been laid for a solid future in athletics," Reilly said.

For Mill Valley's fall sports programs, however, the future is now, as cross country, football, soccer, girls' tennis and volleyball all get underway next week.

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