By Rob Kiser
Piqua Daily Call
SIDNEY —- When Lehman Catholic coach Greg Snipes decided to resign after 23 years as the Lady Cavaliers coach, Lehman athletic director Richard Roll knew he had a big hole to fill.
Snipes won 22 sectional titles, 20 district titles, six regional title and three state titles, finishing with a career record of 492-147.
And it would be hard to find a more knowledgeable or experienced coach to fill that hole then Carolyn Dammeyer.
Dammeyer has been the Delphos St. John’s coach the last seven years, after coaching eight years at Celina and 13 at St. Marys.
“I have known Greg (Snipes) for more than 30 years,” Dammeyer said. “He approached me about the job. I knew he had resigned because of his new job and he told me he felt like this was a talented group. I was an assistant at Lehman for one year before I went to Delphos St. John’s, so I am familiar with Greg’s (Snipes) coaching style.”
Dammeyer said the decision to take the Lehman job was an easy one.
“I am very pleased,” she said about being Lehman’s coach. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with a great program of kids, parents, a wonderful school system, and community.”
And Roll was happy to be able to get Dammeyer.
“Coach Dammeyer has a passion for volleyball and a clear vision for mentoring young ladies through the sport she loves,” Roll said. “She possesses a great deal of knowledge and experience which will serve her well as she transitions to her new role as the leader of our volleyball program.”
Dammeyer is looking forward to getting to know her team.
“We have only had three days (together) so far,” she said in late May. “And we haven’t had all the players together at one time yet. The upperclassmen are a really solid group. We don’t have big numbers right now. We have about 19, JV and varsity combined and three of them are out with various injuries right now.”
But, she already started to work with the team.
“We are continuing the things Greg (Snipes) did, as well as adding my own twist to some things,” Dammeyer said.
She has also completed the summer schedule as well.
“There were a lot of things already in place,” Dammeyer said. “We added a three-day tournament at Mason called the Friendship Cup and a three-day tournament at Centerville, which is something I know they haven’t done before. I am just excited to get started.”
As she looks to continue the tradition of excellence with Lehman Catholic volleyball.
Piqua Daily Call Sports Editor Rob Kiser can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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