As Elaine Peigen watched her Lady Owls warm up on Tuesday Night at Ooltewah High School, she gets ready to start her 25th season as the Owls head coach. A coaching career filled with some historic runs, region titles and state tournament bids, Peigen is now watching some of her former players return to the education world and to the court side bench. Kerrylin Mongar, who played for the Lady Owls in the mid 2000’s, has returned for her second year as the assistant coach. Peigen’s daughter, Libby, is the current head volleyball coach at Soddy Daisy High School. Every year, the Lady Owls and Trojans meet for a Pink Out Game in which all funds raised go to the Mary Anne Locker Foundation for breast cancer research.
Q: What are your expectations for the upcoming season
A: Hard work, dedication, teamwork, as well as having fun.
Q: Who are you expecting to step up as a leader ?
A:The whole team but for sure from senior leaders like Daja Knox and Kaylee Jarnigan.
Q: Name a player on your team that will surprise people this year?
A: Daja Knox coming back from injury ACL forced to be reckoned with.
Q: What did you work on the most this offseason ?
A: The fundamentals and communications and ball control.
Q: What has been most encouraging from a team stand point about this preseason ?
A: We are so young the girls are coachable and improving everyday.
Q: Organization Specific Questions?
A: Excited for a great season and for freshman and sophomores to get plenty of playing time.