Posted by: allisonbarnes | December 6, 2010

Volleyball Shares their Love for the Game

Professor Miguel La Serna with student-athletes Cayla Shortley, Kailie Gibson and Shelbey Bleke

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a D1 coach? For Miguel La Serna, Professor of Latin America under Colonial Rule, found out. The Women’s Volleyball team nominated Professor La Serna as guest coach for the N.C. State match on November 26.

The team nominates professors to be guest coaches in the beginning of the season.  The guest coach  goes through game-day rituals such as eating a pregame meal to hearing the locker room speech.  After Head Coach Sagula pumps up the team, the guest coach has the opportunity to give their own speech.

“I had a blast! It was so much fun getting ‘up close and personal’ with the team. Both the coaching staff and the players gave me such a warm welcome into the Carolina volleyball family,” said Professor La Serna.

Having a guest coach also affect other members of the La Serna family. His son had met the team earlier in the year at the Duke game when he caught a singed volleyball from Sophomore Emily McGee during the announcement of the lineup. His son got to meet McGee along with other players after the match, and has been a huge fan ever since.

When asked why the team has guest coaches before every home game, Senior Christine Vaughen explains:

“We do it to allow faculty and our professors to get to know their players and students better. It always builds really great and strong relationships with the professors and the professors get to understand what a day in the life of a student athlete is.”

The Women’s Volleyball season finished their 2010 season on Saturday with an overall record of 25-10.

“I was impressed with how the team performed during the game (a clean sweep against N.C. State), which I think is a reflection of how they have carried themselves all year as well as a sign of things to come, ” said La Serna. “I look forward to following the team as they build on that success in the coming years.”



  1. neat! I love the idea of guest coaches.

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