Bishop DuBourg has hired Courtney Stemmler to lead both the girls and boys volleyball programs.
Stemmler, 25, has spent the last three seasons as an assistant for the Summit girls and boys teams. She is also a girls coach for the Rockwood Thunder Club.
Stemmler takes over both programs for longtime coach Deb Nicollerat, who left to take the girls position at Notre Dame. Two years ago, Nicollerat guided the Cavaliers’ girls to the Class 3 state quarterfinals.
Stemmler’s husband, Nick, a 2006 DuBourg grad, let her know of the open position. She was officially hired three weeks ago, but it wasn’t announced until Thursday afternoon the same day when she met with DuBourg’s girls and boys teams.
“I just really wanted the opportunity to run and progress a program,” Stemmler said. “That’s been my dream.”
Stemmler played her high school volleyball at Summit. She then played two years for St. Louis Community College and one year at Harris-Stowe.
Stemmler wants her players to fall in love with volleyball.
“I don’t necessarily believe that a successful game has to end in a win,” Stemmler said. “At the end of the day you’re dealing with kids, and being able to see them progress with a skill or the strategy of volleyball or grasp onto that desire, to me that is being more successful to get a kid to understand the game at a deeper level than a win.
DuBourg Athletic Director Ryan Sykora said that many top-notch candidates were interviewed, but hiring Stemmler was a unanimous decision.
“Coach Stemmler’s coaching philosophy is concurrent with our mission, that caring for each player off the court is bigger than any victory on it,” Sykora said in an emailed statement. “Her passion for volleyball and enthusiasm to lead student-athletes made her the perfect candidate to lead Cavalier…