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Tornado Head Coach
Black Tornado outlasts Ashland in dandy match - September 17, 2004
"(The match) was exactly what I expected it to be," said Tornado coach Ron Beick."She's absolutely great under pressure," said Beick of his senior defender.
The tears shed Saturday in the moments that followed North Medford's first five-game loss of the season were not tears of loss, according to head coach Ron Beick, rather on what the girls had gained during their remarkable run.The No. 3-ranked Black Tornado upset top-ranked Jesuit in four games during Friday's quarterfinals, then returned a few hours later to dispose of defending state champion Gresham in five games to set up Saturday's finale with West Linn."This was a huge step forward," Beick said Monday in the midst of several congratulatory phone calls."The girls knew they had accomplished a tremendous number of things."And best of all, they earned it all through their own hard work and dedication to the program."The kids know full well that every Gresham player plays (volleyball) all year round, and every Jesuit kid and every Central Catholic kid and so on," said Beick of the large club teams that fuel the state's top prep programs.It's been a developing process for Beick and company, certainly not an overnight success story.For the past 20 years the Black Tornado has toiled through a large-school classification dominated by the likes of Gresham, Central Catholic, West Linn, Jesuit and Barlow.When Beick took over the volleyball program for the 1994 season, like any coach, state championships were the ultimate goal.But if you could snap your fingers and make it happen the sporting world wouldn't be what it is today, providing the wonder and emotion that only live theater provides.The Black Tornado had a fourth-place showing in 1993 to open the door for greater things, and under Beick the team finished sixth in 1997 and third in 1998 to continue that evolution.A key to the puzzle came in the years to follow, with Beick toying with the notion of significantly changing his defensive system by adopting a blocking philosophy that had showed promise in the Olympics and at the college level in the late 1980s."I know our blocking statistically improved significantly, and that was a key in how we beat Jesuit," said Beick.And in the end, as Beick was quick to point out, it's the kids and not the scheme that really makes it all work."The final key for us was what a great team they were," Beick said of the Tornado."Everything you would want as a coach in terms of how they worked together, cared for each other and supported each other was there.They were the epitome of team."And although this year's group will be tough to match, Beick said his four returners have already begun talking about getting back to the state tournament and propelling the North program over its final hurdle.
Close but no cigar - October 8, 2003
Tornado head coach Ron Beick, a firsthand witness of the last 10 years of this one-sided rivalry, wasn't surprised by South's verve. In fact, he had warned his team it would be waiting. "We knew coming over here ... that they're gonna have a great crowd and they were gonna play their best ball of the season," Beick said."It was like somebody flipped off their switch and flipped on ours," Beick said of the rally."Allanah did a great job, early on balancing the attack and getting the ball to the right person," Beick said.
[IMG]Ashland hauls in bevy of all-star honors - November 9, 2005
"She's a very good learner," said Tornado coach Ron Beick.
[IMG]Resilient South rallies to knock off North netters - September 30, 2005
"That's lack of experience," said Tornado coach Ron Beick of his senior-less roster."As I've said before, I really think the middle of this league is very close," said Beick.