Lake Dallas’ Van Noy Named New Volleyball Head Coach at Guyer
by Steve Gamel
Heather Van Noy turned the Lake Dallas volleyball program into a consistent playoff contender in her six years as head coach. She now hopes to take that success down the road to Guyer, which incidentally, is where she began her career.
Van Noy was approved as Guyer’s new head coach at the Denton school district’s board meeting on January 24, putting an end to a stretch in which she compiled a 143-91 record while leading the Lady Falcons to the playoffs four times. Van Noy spent the first six seasons of her coaching career as an assistant at Guyer before leaving for Lake Dallas in 2011.
Being back is a dream come true, she said.
“That’s the most exciting part. Six years flew by, and so much has changed,” Van Noy said. “Guyer was a small Class 5A school when we opened it [in 2005], and now it’s a 6A school. I went by to visit the girls, and just going into the gym and walking down the hallways again brought back so many positive memories.”
Van Noy is the fourth head coach in Guyer volleyball history and takes over a program that struggled mightily last season under first-year coach Erin Harden. Harden was the team’s assistant coach but became the head coach for the 2016 season when former coach Addie Mack resigned just before the season started.
Mack originally took over for the school’s first coach, Jennifer Bramlett, who Van Noy worked under as an assistant.
Bramlett and Van Noy led Guyer on several successful playoff runs, including a trip to the third round in 2007.
When Van Noy got her first head coaching opportunity at Lake Dallas in 2011, she made the most of it. A once downtrodden program, Lake Dallas advanced to the third round of the playoffs in Van Noy’s first season at the helm. The 2015 team matched that third-round run in Class 5A.
“It’s 100 percent tough to leave Lake Dallas,” Van Noy said. “The hardest part is leaving those girls, the parents and the staff. Everyone is awesome and things were running so well that it was like it could run itself. Things would get done before I even had to ask. Leaving those relationships is the hardest part.”
Anyone who knows Van Noy will agree that she doesn’t waste any time. She said there are big plans in store for the Lady Wildcats, who despite last year’s struggles, need to be reminded that they were in the third round of the playoffs two seasons ago in the state’s largest classification. This is a program that knows how to win, and Van Noy won’t hesitate to do what she needs to do to make her team successful.
“The main goal for me right now is to focus on building relationships with these girls, because they know how to play this game,” Van Noy said. “I think they are craving the relationship, and I want to be available to them as much as possible. I’m committed to this program, and I think all the girls want to hit the reset button and move forward. Once that is done, I know these girls will buy in. They know volleyball.”
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