BREWER – The fall sports season is officially underway, with Monday ringing in the year with the typical excitement one would expect.
“[I] waited around all day, I couldn’t wait to get here to the first practice,” Brewer volleyball coach Rich Nutter said. “It’s just a terrific experience for me, and I’m really enjoying it so far.”
It’s the former Woodland coach’s first season in Brewer, but thankfully for him, he’s not alone. In fact, it was the first day of practice for all of those involved in the Brewer girls volleyball program, as the team makes its debut this season as part of Brewer High School’s initiative to expand its sports slate.
“[The students] always really expressed through our intramural program, and through the Phys Ed program, an interest in competitive volleyball,” athletic director David Utterback said. “So bringing that on along with lacrosse at the same time seemed to make a lot of sense for us.”
Brewer won’t be eligible for the playoffs int its first season, which means it’s the perfect opportunity for the Witches to learn the craft from one of the best coaches in the region. Most of the girls have never played competitively, but more than 20 still showed up for Day 1 of tryouts Monday afternoon. Many of them, including junior Rebecca Gideon, are excited to learn from Nutter.
“He’s very strong in volleyball and he’s taken teams really far, so it’s going to help us a lot,” she said.
Nutter reiterated the importance of teaching fundamentals in the first go-around, as that could lay the groundwork for success in the future.
“If we win a game or two, that will be fine. But that’s not going to be our primary goal. We’re going to work hard and have some fun and get some experience. Because you can’t just go out there and be comfortable unless you’ve been through the rigors of competition before.”
He also believes Brewer is taking a progressive step in expanding the game he loves to other parts of the area.
“I think that Brewer stepping out like this will encourage other towns in the community to get programs going once they see that the girls are really having a fun time with it.”