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Alumnus takes over Doherty volleyball

Published: March 13, 2014, 4:57 pm, by Scott Kaniewski

Allison Krug is ready to continue the volleyball tradition she helped establish at Doherty more than a decade ago.

This time as head coach.

Krug, a Doherty alumnus, was hired Thursday to take over the Spartans volleyball program.

“I’m really excited,” Krug said. “I was not expecting it. I’m very pleased I get to run that program.”

Krug graduated from Doherty in 2002 and was named to the all-state team while with the Spartans. She finished her college career at Mesa State, where she set (and still holds) the school record for assists per game with 12.15.

Doherty athletic director Chris Noll was ecstatic to bring another alum to the volleyball program. (Krug’s predecessor, Tara Hittle, was also a Spartans alum.)

“When you have a coach that can talk about the tradition and legacy of Doherty volleyball and what Doherty volleyball means and understands what the kids are going through, I think it’s good for both groups,” Noll said. “It speaks volumes about our school that you have graduates that want to come back to Doherty.”

For the last six seasons, Krug has been an assistant volleyball coach at Palisade and a club coach on the Western Slope. Before that she was head coach at Platte Valley for one season.

In moving back to Doherty she takes over a program that just two years ago won the state title. While seniors Haleigh Washington and Gabby Simpson graduate in a couple months, the Spartans return plenty of experience from the 2013 squad that again reached the state tournament.

“They have high expectations, but yeah, I’m ready to do it,” Krug said. “I feel I can make that team as good as they’ve been both last year and in the years before.”

Krug summed it up best about returning to the Spartans.

“Once you’re there you love it,” she said. “Once you leave, you miss it.”