Summer volleyball in Nebraska City kicked off on Thursday with a two-day Pioneer volleyball camp at Nebraska City High School.
With that event, Coach Jordan Broady, who accepted the high school head coaching position back in March, got a chance to work with her high school players and have her first contact with youth players in the city.
Broady, a 2009 graduate of Johnson-Brock High School and a four-year player at Bellevue University, had previous assistant coaching stops at Millard West, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln and Elkhorn.
She moved back to the area as she pursues a teaching degree at Peru State College. Broady said she became aware of an opening at Nebraska City through her mother, a teacher at Johnson-Brock.
Broady said the brother of Nebraska City Athletic Director Matt Koehler is the superintendent at Johnson-Brock. Broady said Koehler’s brother told her of the Nebraska City opening and encouraged her to pursue it.
She accepted the position and right away got busy setting up a summer schedule and getting familiar with the team.
Actually, she already had some familiarity. As a varsity assistant at Elkhorn, Broady saw Nebraska City play first hand.
“I remember seeing so much potential,” said Broady. “It just looked like the right position for me.
“I always wanted to be a volleyball head coach and I always wanted to be in the volleyball world. It’s what I know and love.”
Coming from southeast Nebraska, Broady said she had an appreciation for life in Nebraska City as well.
“It’s a small town and everyone is super welcoming,” she said. “I love it so far.”
Although the summer just began, and Broady’s team is getting accustomed to a new coach, the Johnson-Brock grad said the Pioneers will aim high this fall.
“This year, our goal is to end up at the top of the conference,” she said. “That is a pretty steep goal, but I think that we are capable of doing it.”
Coach Broady said the Pioneers have been getting into the weight room, are going to be playing ball this summer, and are volunteering at the volleyball camp, something that is not required of them.
“They want to win. They want to work hard, which is extremely exciting and really all you can ask for as a coach,” Broady said.
In reviewing the roster, Broady said the Pioneers have a core of senior players with good skills who stand ready to lead. The younger girls will need to work on their technique, but Coach Broady said that will all come with time.
While immediate plans have mostly to do with the high school team, Broady said she is looking forward to making connections with the younger players in town and getting them accustomed to and excited about Nebraska City volleyball.
Plans include brining in younger players for gym time on weekend days during the season and getting them to turn out for a home match on “Little Pioneers Night.”
“I just want them to get excited about volleyball,” said Broady. “I played club in Nebraska City when I was younger and it was always a big push. I kind of want to get that push back up for it and get people excited again.”