Zessin returns as Hobo volleyball coach

Laurel Hill volleyball

Freshman Kaylee L'Homme could be a force at the net for Laurel Hill School’s volleyball team.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, August 23, 2013 at 04:47 PM.

LAUREL HILL — For the fourth consecutive season, there will be a new coach leading Laurel Hill School’s volleyball team. However, this one has a familiar face and plenty of coaching experience at Laurel Hill.

Four years ago, Hobo head boys basketball coach and athletic director Kent Zessin stepped away from the volleyball job after 11 years on the sidelines. Since his departure, the position has been the proverbial revolving door.

When Ashley Miller, who coached the team last year, had to step down, Zessin was ready to answer the call and return to volleyball.

"Once coach Miller told me over the summer she had decided to step down because of health reasons, it kind of put me in a situation to try and go out and find a volleyball coach for the fourth year in a row," Zessin said. "Because my daughter, Bridget, is playing and is  junior, I had an interest in coming back out and trying to get through a couple of years with her and hopefully let her have some success in this sport and enjoy it."

Zessin said he had mixed emotions when he stepped away from the volleyball team four years ago. A part of him wanted to stay with the team, but another part knew he needed to spend time with a young boys basketball team.

"In the 11 years of coaching volleyball, it's something that has grown on me and I've enjoyed working with the girls," he said. "We've got a nice club and we've got a bunch of good girls. It's a bunch of good girls not only on the court, but in the classroom and in the community.

"They are just good-hearted girls. And that makes it easy for a coach to say, 'Yes, I want to come back.'"

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