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Ex-Skipjack Dieter named Chesapeake volleyball coach
Easton High standout follows another former Skipjack, Glessner
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
WYE MILLS Chesapeake College has once again turned to one of its former players to head up its women’s volleyball coaching staff.
Diana Dieter who played for the Skipjacks during the 2007 and 2008 seasons is the Skipjacks’ new head coach. She replaces Jordan Glessner, another former Skipjack who is in the Chesapeake College Athletic Hall of Fame for her playing exploits and is now teaching and coaching at Colonel Richardson High School.
"I really respected Diana for her hard work and leadership abilities when she was here as a player, and she did a great job last season as Jordan’s assistant coach," said Chesapeake College Athletic Director Frank Szymanski. "I think her experience with the program, both as a player and as an assistant, will be helpful as she makes the transition to head coach."
Dieter said she is "thrilled" to have the opportunity to be a head volleyball coach at the collegiate level.
"I love the sport. It really is my passion," said Dieter, who played four years at Easton High before becoming a Chesapeake College student. "And I really like to help players get better."
Dieter said her experience last year as Glessner’s assistant coach was highly beneficial.
"I learned a lot from her. She’s a great leader," Dieter said of Glessner. "I think she’s going to try to come and help out a little bit this year."
Victor Woo, a former Chesapeake baseball player now working on the Skipjacks’ baseball coaching staff, will be Dieter’s primary assistant this year.
Dieter said her own athletic and academic experiences at Chesapeake made her anxious to return to the college in a coaching capacity.
"It was great," Dieter said of her time as a Chesapeake student athlete. "That’s why I love coming back here. It’s an awesome place to start."
Dieter said she currently has seven players, including one returner from last year’s team Jessica Dove and is working to expand her roster.
"I am still looking for players, and they don’t have to have experience," said Dieter. "I’m more than willing to work with new players."
Dieter encouraged interested players to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volleyball players must be registered, full-time students for the fall semester at Chesapeake and there are forms that must be completed prior to participation.
Dieter said she has basic goals for her first season as head coach.
"We just want to be competitive and represent Chesapeake the best we can," said Dieter.
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