Just over a month after Jason Roemer announced his decision to return to Fredericksburg, Lake Dallas has filled its vacant volleyball head coaching position.
Lake Dallas athletic director Scott Head said the program officially hired former Orangefield coach Kristinn Holbrooks and introduced her to the volleyball team during its athletic period Wednesday afternoon.
“We used coach Roemer as a resource, and he was bragging about her constantly,” Head said. “We were looking for someone who would stay for a while. She’s local and can come over and see the kids this spring, so that helps to have someone who is already close by. I think she’ll have a great rapport with the team.”
Holbrooks is a teacher and the leader of Justin Northwest’s Advancement Via Individual Determination program. While she was not a member of the Northwest coaching staff last season, Holbrooks is a well-known figure in the local club volleyball community as part of Club 940.
Holbrooks is the club’s director and head coach at the 17-and-under level, and she has 10 years of high school coaching experience in addition to 15 years of club experience. She was the head coach at Orangefield for seven years prior to moving to North Texas, and led the program to its first district championship.
“I think the thing I’ve missed the most about coaching high school volleyball was the actual day-to-day growth of the players and the program,” Holbrooks said. “You get to be a part of that from the time they start their first day in high school all the way through their graduation. I really, really missed that, and that’s what kind of intrigued me about this opportunity.”
Holbrooks’ involvement with Club 940 has helped her become familiar with the Lake Dallas program in a hurry. Roemer also was involved with the club, serving as the 12U coach since moving to the area last year.
Lake Dallas hopes Holbrooks will help solidify the volleyball program, as she becomes the team’s fourth coach in four years. Heather Van Noy left the Lady Falcons in 2017 after six years to become the coach at Guyer before Angel Maurter and Roemer each spent one season with the Lady Falcons.
“I’ll be the fourth head coach in four seasons,” Holbrooks said. “But for me, when I go places, I like to stay long term. I was at Orangefield for seven years and this is my sixth year at Northwest. I’m the type of person that hates change, and I can’t imagine the type of emotions these kids have gone through with four coaches in four years.
“Being able to build stability and relationships with the kids as a coach who is in it for the long haul is something I’m really looking forward to.”
Lake Dallas went 10-28 last year and finished tied for third in District 8-5A under Roemer. Holbrooks will have Ruthie Forson, the District 8-5A setter of the year, back next season in addition to Candace Collier (first-team all-district), Caelyn Gunn (first-team) and Macie Banks (second-team).
The Lady Falcons will have to find a new libero, as Bailey Avila will be lost to graduation. Holbrooks, who played libero at San Jacinto College and then Lamar, hopes to use her experience to develop Avila’s replacement.
“I’m excited to get to see them play this spring,” Holbrooks said. “They have hitters galore and they’re going to have a lot of youthfulness, but a lot of it is youthfulness with varsity experience. My job is going to be helping to develop a libero, and that’s a very, very key position.”