Former Circle High School coach Dina Fritz will be leading the newly re-instated volleyball program at Dawson Community College. Fritz won a state championship as a player at Circle and then again as the head coach in 2015. She has led the Circle Wildcats to the state tournament for the past three seasons, finishing 3rd in 2014, 1st in 2015 and 4th in 2016. She was voted as Coach of the Year after the successful 2015 state championship season. Before taking the helm in Circle, Fritz was an assistant volleyball coach at DCC under Head Coach John Marble in 2010.
Fritz had this to say, “I am really excited to become a part of the Dawson Community College family. I am looking forward to hitting the ground running and have a lot of plans I want to put into action. I am excited to be coaching in the Glendive area and anxious for the season to begin. I am ready to get the program back into action.”
She went on to describe her coaching style, “I take pride in always trying to learn and better myself in order to make my teams better. I also emphasize a student first/athlete second mentality with my student-athletes. I like to build strong chemistry with the players by having team bonding activities and bringing them together outside of volleyball to better themselves and their community.”
DCC just announced a few weeks ago that they were re-instating the volleyball program which had been suspended in 2014 when the previous coach left right before the season and didn’t leave behind any players. After a 4 year absence, the volleyball program will be launched with a home game against rival Miles Community College on Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:00 pm. The Lady Bucs will compete in the Mon-Dak Conference and in the NJCAA Region XIII at the Division 2 level.
Athletic Director Joe Peterson was elated to hire Fritz, “We are happy to get a quality coach who knows volleyball and has had a lot of success as a player and a coach. It is an added bonus that she comes from Eastern Montana and has even had a year of experience coaching at DCC. I know with her passion and determination she will build a strong program here and help the ladies in her program to grow as players, students and young women.”
Coach Fritz will begin recruiting immediately by following up with the many girls who have already expressed interest in the program and reaching out to coaches throughout the state and region looking for quality players that can help the Lady Bucs be successful in the coming season.