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In three years as coach of Calvert's volleyball team, coach Greg Hendrix helped build the program to the level where it became one of the top in the region.
Now he'll get the chance to start a new building job. Monday, the Seneca East Board of Education approved Hendrix as the Tigers' next volleyball coach. Hendrix will inherit a team which went 5-18, 3-15 in the Northern 10 Athletic Conference. He said he's looking forward to the opportunity to build a program from the ground up. "I view this as a challenge," Hendrix said. Greg Hendrix Hendrix coached a year at Clyde before leading Calvert the past three seasons. He won a sectional title in each of his years coaching the Senecas. This past season he led the team to a 20-6 record and a spot in the Division IV regional semifinals, after beating New Riegel to win a district title. Coming off the district championship, Hendrix, who has a daughter who was a senior on this year's Calvert team, was asked if he thought the time was right to make a move. "I don't know if there's ever a right time," he said. Calvert Athletic Director Paul Shoemaker said Hendrix is leaving some big shoes to fill. "(Hendrix) had a very nice record at Calvert, did a nice job with the program," he said. "It's going in a nice direction we can build on and build on his success. We're losing a good coach, there's no doubt about it. In my opinion we're losing one of the best coaches in the area. I wish him the best of luck." Hendrix replaces Nickie Chaffee who stepped down after three seasons leading the Tigers. But his research soon showed Hendrix would be the right man for the job. I got Greg Hendrix's name, looking up his info on Google, he had a great winning record at Calvert. Everywhere he's been, everyone talked highly of him. He's intense from what I've been told and that's something Seneca East hasn't had. It'll definitely be a big change for us, but we needed that. We need to build a program and I believe Greg will do that for us. I think he will bring that excitement back to the program." Hendrix said he hasn't had a chance to meet with many of his new players yet, but from what he's seen of them, he feels he has a group that's ready to improve and reach the next level. "Seneca East has got some athletes," he said. Hendrix isn't coming to Seneca East alone. "We got very lucky, having Greg come over, then him having good ties with Bill and having him come over. "With me and Bill Bonham coming in we're bringing some experience, some freshness, some enthusiasm," Hendrix said.
"They're just an awesome team," Calvert coach Greg Hendrix said.
"We knew coming into this what we were up against. And we came out that first set and we matched their intensity for a while, and went out there and fought with them and we gave them everything we had." Even though it was early in the match, Hendrix said those early scramble plays McComb won went a long way to deciding the outcome "They're making digs over there. We're putting balls down on 99 of the other 100 teams we're going to play; those balls are on the ground. Those McComb girls are just digging it up," Hendrix said. "The only thing I can be upset is we let too many tips fall," Hendrix said. And as Hendrix pointed out, it wasn't just a banner year for the varsity, but the entire Calvert program. "But these girls, they've exceeded what we could've hoped for," Hendrix said.
"We started off the season, we came out and we just had so many things working against us," Calvert coach Greg Hendrix said.
"We went through a couple battles at the beginning of the season," Hendrix said. "I think we're a tough team to game plan for in that regard," Hendrix said.
Calvert coach Greg Hendrix pays a lot of attention to talent coming up, not through only his own program, but through many programs across the area.
Hendrix said he knew McComb had a lot of talent. When he found out who was going to coach that talent, he knew the Panthers were about to become one of northwest Ohio's premier teams. "Two years ago all of sudden I heard the rumors he was looking at McComb," Hendrix said. Hendrix and Reinhart bring their respective teams into tonight's regional semifinal at Elida. "When I first started coaching, I was nothing more than a dad coaching his kid," Hendrix said. "Sorry, coaching," Hendrix continued. You got to be your own type of coach,'" Hendrix said. During his time at Clyde, Hendrix said he had a team loaded with talent, but made a critical mistake in pushing too hard during the regular season to the point the team didn't have much left for the tournament. "When I was Clyde I felt like I made my biggest mistake in pushing the girls too hard," Hendrix said.
"Words can't even describe this," Calvert coach Greg Hendrix said.
"There's been so much emotion with this. I don't care if you miss a serve, just go after it,'" Hendrix said. "It wasn't just one player tonight," Hendrix said.