The Fort Lewis College volleyball team will have two new faces among the coaching staff this fall.
Stephanie Lathrop and Terene Foutz recently were announced as new members of head coach Shelly Aaland’s staff for next season.
Foutz’s name is well known in the local volleyball scene. She’s been with the Four Corners Volleyball Club for the last six years, five as the executive director. The club is a program for girls between the ages of 9 and 18 under the banner of USA Volleyball.
Her head coaching experience extends beyond the Four Corners Volleyball Club.
She handled the under-18 team of the Pine River Volleyball Club for two years and was at the helm of Fruita Monument High School’s team from 1997 to 2000 after three years with the Grand Junction Volleyball Club.
“When Terene agreed to come on board as a coach for the Skyhawks, I knew I was getting a legitimate coach with a top-notch résumé to add to my staff,” Aaland said in a news release to The Durango Herald.
Foutz, a Montezuma-Cortez High School alumna, was a top assistant in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference from 2000 to 2002 when she was on the staff at her alma mater, Mesa State – now Colorado Mesa – for whom she was a first-team all-conference performer in 1995 and a three-year captain.
Lathrop was a three-year starter at middle blocker for the Skyhawks, playing her final season in 2000. Most recently, she was a volunteer head coach at Gateway High School in Aurora before resigning to take her new position.
Before coaching at Gateway, Lathrop was head coach at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Wash., for the 2005 through 2009 seasons. The Vikings posted a 50-38 record during her tenure, including the program’s first postseason win since 1984. She was KingCO 4A Coach of the Year in her first season.
Lathrop also brings a bevy of experience coaching at the club level in Washington to her new job.
“We played together for (former Skyhawks head coach) Marcy Jung and have a similar way of coaching as a result,” Aaland said of her former teammate and new assistant coach.
The duo will replace departed assistant Anna Mekeel, who accepted a volunteer assistant job at Colorado State recently after coaching at Fort Lewis the last two years.
“The team and I wish Anna a ton of luck as she takes on a coaching position at CSU,” Aaland said. “
FLC was 5-21 overall and 2-16 in the RMAC last season.