Coming from Denver, CO., is PUC’s Men’s Volleyball coach Melissa Barton. This year was her second season coaching, with the previous coaching at Union College in Lincoln, NE. Melissa coaches to win while also having fun in the process. She believes effort beats talent, so she trains her team to always give a hundred percent.
Melissa kindly answered some questions for us to learn more about her and her team.
What makes PUC athletics different from other colleges and universities?
At PUC you can tell that we are in a season of growth. Everyone has the same goal in mind and that is to better our program. I believe that is what sets us apart right now.
How do you keep your players motivated during the season?
Motivation for my players is easy, they all have such a strong love and passion for the game, they just want to play. They are very self-motivated because they enjoy what they do.
What values do you instill in your players?
Respect is one of the biggest values. As well as discipline, I hope people can see a difference in my team.
What do you enjoy most about being a coach?
I love all the memories made and seeing my players light up with joy when they get that kill, or ace, or whatever good thing they did. It makes my heart happy.
How do you support your players on and off the court?
My players know that I am always there for them. On and off-court whether it is volleyball-related or not. They know that I will always have their back with everything,
Outside of competing, are there activities you try to get your students involved in?
My athletes are regularly involved in helping the sports teams out on game day. I also have several men on my team that play instruments for vespers and church. My team is very charismatic and loves to show up to the SA events.
How do you incorporate spiritual life within your team?
My team has worship on Monday’s lead out by myself. And on every other day of the week the players, each take turns in leading out in a quick devotional before each practice. This allows them to talk about what they believe in, and what is important to them.
Why should prospective students choose PUC over another program?
They will be joining a family, not just a school.
What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Pioneers family?
My favorite thing is getting to know the athletes as more than just players on a court. Like I said we become a family.
When you’re not coaching, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy doing other sports, exploring random cities, watching movies, and driving around in my truck listening to country music.