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Huffman Assumes WVHS Volleyball Helm

When the Wyalusing Valley girls’ volleyball team hits the court for the first day of practice on Aug. 15, a familiar face will greet them in a new capacity.

Gayle Huffman, who has served the last five years as junior varsity coach, will assume the head coaching duties. She also held the junior varsity post for one year during the 1987 season and the junior high post for four years.

For the past two years, she has coached a club team.

Jeff Overman, who held the post for the previous five years, stepped down recently from his second stint as Lady Rams’ head coach. During his most recent stay at the helm, Overman guided the Lady Rams to two District Four playoff appearances in 2008 and 2009, while forging a 40-42 record.

Huffman, who has compiled a 53-26 record at the junior varsity level the past five seasons, hopes to continue the team’s recent success.

“I want to build on what Jeff and I have been working on the past few years,” she said. “I want to continue to develop the skills of the players and be competitive in the league.”

Huffman’s volleyball background begins at North Penn High School in Blossburg where she played four years for the Lady Panthers.

After graduating from Mansfield University, she began her teaching career at Wyalusing Valley, where her husband, Jim, is currently the head football coach.

The Huffmans are the first husband and wife to hold head coaching positions at the school at the same time.

They have three daughters, Kacey, Erika and Karlye.

Huffman has passed her love for the game down to her daughters.

Kacey was a standout performer for Overman for four years before graduating in 2010.

Erika will be a returning starter as a junior this fall.

Huffman believes there is enough talent returning this fall to keep the Lady Rams competitive.

“The girls are very positive and looking forward to the fall,” she said. “We have several returning seniors and a large group of 11th and 10th graders moving up.”

Gayle Huffman was named the new girls' volleyball coach at Wyalusing Valley High School.Gayle Huffman was named the new girls' volleyball coach at Wyalusing Valley High School.

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