Head coach Becky Schmidt is leading her Hope College volleyball team during unprecedented times right now.
In the inaugural Hope College Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast, the Flying Dutch’s leader chats with sports information director Alan Babbitt after her team’s first week of practice outdoors.
With fall competition postponed until the spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hope is training on the sand courts at the City of Holland’s Matt Urban Park three days a week. One hour at a time, they practice in groups of eight.
During the Orange and Blue Podcast, Schmidt also discusses her coaching staff, including new full-time assistant coach Kyleigh Block, their inspirations for safe beach volleyball drills, and how they are embracing the national conversation regarding social injustice as part of their team covenant of relentless pursuit of community, faithful love and a championship mindset in order to inspire hope.
“We believe that, at no other time we can think of, does inspiring hope need to happen more,” Schmidt says.