Ken Wunderley profiles new Shaler girls volleyball coach Amanda O'Connor. Read his story below.
Amanda O'Connor, the new girls volleyball coach at Shaler Area High School, had an unusual senior project for her final year at Seneca Valley High School.
"The district couldn't find a coach for our seventh grade boys volleyball team," said O'Connor, who graduated from Seneca Valley in 2004. "I offered to coach the team as my senior project. It was an unpaid position, but a job I'll never forget it. I fell in love with coaching."
Seniors are required to put in 30 to 40 hours of work on their senior project. O'Connor did much more.
"I coached the team every day after school," said O'Connor, who was a three-year starter for the Raiders girls varsity. "I put in probably 170 to 190 hours coaching the team. It was a great experience. At that point, I knew coaching would be in my future."