Head coach: Michelle Cunningham-Joost (1st season). Assistant coach: Gillian Buckler
Last year: Chariho finished 9-8 in Division I last season. The Chargers won three of their final four matches.
Returning to varsity:
Seniors: Connor Allamby (outside hitter), Tom Hingerty (setter, captain), Shea Jackson (setter-defensive specialist, captain), Lawson Laurent (middle), Riley Hughes (defensive specialist, outside hitter). Junior: Nathaniel Felicetti (outside hitter).
New to varsity:
Juniors: Shawn Eddy-Joost (middle), Jacob Lincare (setter-defensive specialist), Sam Miller (middle). Sophomores: Dylan Blackburn (setter), Ethan Cole (outside hitter).
Outlook: All five seniors will see significant time for the Chargers. Felicetti will also contribute.
Jackson is a top-notch defensive specialist, one of the best in the division. Hingerty will be the primary setter.
“We are still trying to figure out if we’re going to be more offensive-minded or more defensive-minded,” Cunningham-Joost said. “Our passing definitely needs to get better.”
Chariho lost six seniors from last year’s team so there could be an early learning curve.
“Never in the history of volleyball have I seen one player pass, set and hit the ball by themselves. Where one goes we all go,” Cunningham-Joost said. “We have some new faces to the varsity team but I have no doubt that they will contribute to the success of our program here at Chariho.”
Cummingham-Joost is full-time member of the National Guard in Providence as a medical service corps officer. She was an assistant coach for volleyball and basketball and the head softball coach at Randolph-Macon College in Lynchburg, Va. She also was an assistant volleyball coach at Trinity College in Hartford.
Coach’s take: “Although winning games is the big-picture goal for any program, it is not our only goal. Focusing on the fundamentals to ensure that each player is functioning at their own high level of play and pushing them to work hard during practice to perfect their individual skills will inevitably translate into perfecting their team skills.”
— Keith Kimberlin