Heather Inglima has been named head volleyball coach at Chino High School.
She had served as the junior varsity coach the last two years and wants to help a program that was 1-41 over the last two years under the previous coach.
“The biggest thing is to instill some confidence and get them to start having fun again,” she said. ”
“When you have a couple of years like they have had, people start playing selfish,” she added. “I want to get them back to working together and playing together as a team and help them build those sisterhood bonds that come when you play on a team. Then you can start being successful.”
Inglima, 31, is a 2002 graduate of Upland High School where she competed for the Highlanders.
Her junior varsity team went 5-15 a year ago, which was an improvement over 3-17 the previous year.
It may seem like an uphill battle but she said about 50 percent of the players in the program have some club experience so all is not lost. Her modest goal for the first year is to make the playoffs as one of the representatives out of the Hacienda League which has been dominated by Los Altos and Diamond Ranch of late.
“We have five teams in our league and three make the playoffs,” she said. “I don’t think that it out of reach.”
Chino Hills volleyball coach Dana Buzzerio has resigned after spending eight years in the program.
She had been the coach last year as well as from 2008 to 2011 with the three years in between those stints spent as an assistant to then coach Kass McInteer.
Family was the reason she thought it was best to give up that position.
“We’re going in a lot of different directions right now,” she said. “With kids in different sports and my husband’s job it was making it hard to devote the time necessary when you’re a head coach.”
Daughter Courtney just finished up her sophomore season and was the starting setter for the Huskies.
Another daughter Meghan, a the Daily Bulletins Player of the Year in 2014, is a freshman at the University of Arizona and red-shirted for the Wildcats this season. Giving up the head job will enable the family to travel to go see her play next year.
There is also another player coming up the volleyball pipeline in 11-year-old Paige.
The Huskies are coming off a 16-15 season that included a berth in the second round of the CIF Division 1-A playoffs. Chino Hills played a competitive non-league schedule and ended up second in the Baseline behind Rancho Cucamonga.
Chino Hills junior volleyball standout Kenzie Koerber has committed to Utah.
Koerber helped the Huskies (16-15, 6-4) to a second-place showing in the Baseline League. She tallied 317 kills, just seven fewer than team leader Alexis Cardoza.
“I’m relieved to have the decision behind me,” she said. “The end point was great but it was a stressful process.”
The 6-foot-3 middle blocker visited the school Thanksgiving weekend and also made trips to UC San Diego, Pepperdine and UCLA.
Koerber has several relatives nearby which was also a consideration in the process. She also likes what the school has to offer in the medical field which in which she is considering majoring.
“It’s nice to know if I get homesick I will have family nearby,” she said.
The Chino Hills High School volleyball team has had a coaching change, well sort of.
Kassandra McInteer has stepped down after four years heading the program after getting a full-time job with a schedule that didn’t allow her to continue coaching.
The program has been handed over to Dana Buzzerio who is no stranger to the position. She has been in the program for eight years. The first four of those were as head coach with McInteer her assistant. The two then flipped positions.
“We think a like and have always been on the same page so not much will change,” Buzzerio says. “We just have a lot of new players this year.”
Buzzerio’s daughter Meghan was the Inland Valley Player of the Year last fall as a senior. Another daughter, Courtney, will be the starting setter this year. The entire family has been active on the club scene for the last 10 years as well.
McInteer also had to step down from her duties as a club coach and says she will miss the sport.
“It has been part of my life for a long time but I’m leaving the program in good hands,” she said.
Chloe Ainsworth has been named volleyball coach at Chino High School.
She had served as an assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach last year at Riverside Christian.
Ainsworth, 23, is a native of the Inland Empire, having played at Norco High School and Cal Baptist University.
“I’m excited about getting to work with the girls,” Ainsworth said. “I really want to bring an energy to the job.”
Ainsworth will be a walk-on coach. She also works at a 24-Hour Fitness in Ontario. She had originally applied for the vacant job at Claremont but did not get an interview there. Her resume was then forwarded to Chino Athletic Director Mike Hinkle.
Chino returns most of its key players. The Cowboys went 10-14 last year, placing fifth in the Mt. Baldy League. They put together a good showing in the postseason, winning two playoff matches.