The Cañada women’s volleyball team had a rough 2013, going 0-13 overall.
On Thursday, the college announced the first step in trying to turn its volleyball misfortune around.
Alicia Karver, formerly a head coach with the Mercy-Burlingame program and currently a coach at Vision in Los Gatos, takes over for the Colts is what is her first community college head coaching job.
“I’m really excited,” Karver said. “I played at a junior college and I’ve coached at a junior college so I know that’s where I want to be. I’ve already met some of the staff. They all seem really friendly and nice so I’m looking forward to hopefully growing the program.”
Karver is a proven winner, having started her college-playing career at San Joaquin Delta and taking conference titles each of her two seasons. Her freshman campaign, Karver and Delta finished second in the state. Her sophomore year, they made the Final Four before she took her game to Cal State University-San Bernardino. There, she won two conference titles and finished second in the nation her senior year.
Karver went on to earn her master’s degree in kinesiology from Sacramento State University.
“I think it’s just reaching out to as many contacts as I can and talking to other coaches,” Karver said when asked what step one in her coaching journey is. “I want the other coaches and players in the community to know who Cañada is and how that we’re looking to build the program. There are a lot of players out there that don’t know if they want to play, or are on the fence, good players that didn’t get a scholarship somewhere so they’re going to CSM, Skyline or Cañada. Getting a hold of those players is going to be really big.”
Karver’s Vision team just wrapped up a regional title and she’s hoping her success through the various coaching ranks helps her relate to the Cañada players.
“I played in a different conference, but I think I can definitely relate to them because the two years I played in JC, they were my two greatest years of playing,” Karver said. “I really enjoyed it. I think showing them I was able to move on and play at a really high level is big. I think some girls don’t realize you can play JC and transfer to bigger play. So I think I’ll be able to relate to a lot of athletes that want to continue to play after two years.
“I expect my players to work hard and come ready to play everyone single practice, every single match. I think that’s all I can really ask for that they come with a positive attitude, come ready to work hard and have a good time.”
With Karver coaching, Sierra College won a Northern California championship during her three-year tenure.
Mercy-Burlingame finished 20-12 (9-2 WBAL) with Karver in 2012. That record was good for a three-way split of the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division title.