YORK TWP. — Buckeye didn’t have to look far in its search for a volleyball coach.
Tom Schuler, who piloted Brunswick’s boys volleyball club team last spring, has taken over the reins of the perennial Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division power.
“I wasn’t really looking to coach this fall, but when I saw the Buckeye job was open, it was a program that interested me a great deal,” he said. “Obviously, they’ve been successful for many years, and my goal is to continue it while building for the future.”
Schuler, 54, has nearly two decades of experience as a varsity head coach in Ohio and Maryland. His previous in-state stops include Rittman, Our Lady of the Elms, Twinsburg, and Hawken.
The North Olmsted resident also spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Cuyahoga Community College women’s volleyball team. He takes over for Erin Conroy, who stepped down after posting a 30-18 record and winning one PAC Stars championship in her two years.
“Tom has been around the sport for a long time, so I know the team is in good hands,” Conroy said. “I’ll be right there cheering for him and the players at as many matches as I can.”
Schuler, a 15-year coaching veteran in Junior Olympic competition, played the sport collegiately at George Mason University, where he was a three-time Eastern College Athletic Conference selection.
The owner/operator of a Northeast Ohio vending machine company, Schuler is an offensive technician who plans on building a system around his players’ skills.
The Bucks return starting outside hitters Molly Galaszewski and Katie Lyons and middle hitters Koral Gibson and Shannon Galdun. Six-foot setter Kamiah Gibson is the top incoming freshman.
“I’m trying to give as much offense to the team as I can,” Schuler said. “We certainly have the athletes and the talent, so the more options I can give them to run, the better we will be.”
Schuler plans on being successful now and in the future, which was the strategy employed by former Buckeye title-winning coaches Conroy and Brianne Indorf.
“I know people say it takes two to three years for a coach to build a team, but we have some strong juniors and seniors who would be hurt by thinking that way,” Schuler said. “I want to speed up that process through them while we’re growing our younger levels.”
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