A seamless transition and a high level of success are both on first-year Eagles head coach Alex Edgel’s volleyball bucket list.
“I am looking forward to leading the program back to competing for GCL and district titles,” Edgel '07 said. “With a strong senior class, a program full of returning players eager to improve, and a dedicated coaching staff all on the same page, I think we will be able to elevate the CJ volleyball program to the level our fans deserve.”
The Eagles volleyball court is familiar territory for Edgel who played for the CJ boys program from 2003-07. He went on to play club volleyball at Ohio State University before shifting gears and turning his attention to coaching. He joined the Eagles coaching staff in 2015 as an assistant varsity coach and was one of the first to throw his hat in the ring when the position opened up.
“As a CJ graduate, I have been an Eagle for most of my lifetime, so the opportunity to be a head coach at my alma mater was too exciting to pass up,” he said. “I am excited to take over the program and continue to build the family that is CJ volleyball.”
Edgel’s Eagle pride was obvious to CJ athletic director Jeremy Greenleaf.
“Alex is a great fit for CJ because he is a CJ grad, has a passion for CJ, and because of his experience with the sport as a player and a coach,” Greenleaf said. “He has been part of our program beginning with his time as a young fan who grew up following, watching and cheering for the Eagles."
Edgel – who also coaches for the Dayton Juniors Volleyball Club – is focused on helping the Eagles become a contender in the highly-competitive GCL. After an 8-16 record during the 2019 season, he knows there is some work to do. A health pandemic, however, put some of his plans on hold for a bit.
“With my first offseason being interrupted by COVID-19, we are really going to need to hit the ground running once we get the teams back together,” he said. “After months of everyone being cooped up, I can already sense a renewed enthusiasm from our athletes. I have no doubt that our girls will be ready to push themselves to make up for lost time.”