Jack Burger
Staff Writer

Your team finished the season ranked twelfth last year. How did you achieve this success?
We were very happy with the season last year. We would have liked to finish a little bit higher, but I think in retrospect the season as a whole was very successful.

How does this season compare to last year’s so far?
As of today, we are ranked ninth. We are doing a lot of great things. This year we have faced a lot more adversity, and this is something we didn’t have to face as much last year, so it has actually made us stronger.

How have injuries influenced the season thus far?
We have had four major injuries with significant players. Three of them were starters for sure, and one of them was a freshman who had the potential to get a lot of playing time but was injured during preseason. We have battled a lot of adversity this year. A number of kids have stepped up and filled their roles on the team and are doing some great things for us.

What were your goals going into this season?
We want a conference championship, regional championship, and a national championship. Those are our three major goals. Off the court, we want to take steps everyday to make ourselves better so that we can reach the goals we set.

What is your background in the sport of volleyball?
I have been here at Colorado College for 17 years. Before that, I coached locally at a high school, a couple years at a Division III school in St. Louis, and I played in college at the club level. I played a lot of outdoor doubles tournament through my younger days.

What do you enjoy most about coaching?
I love working with the student athletes. They challenge you everyday to be the best that you can be. There are such great students at this school. It’s just fun to be around them.

What is your favorite memory of your coaching career so far?
Probably winning the Division III West Region Championships in 2009. It was the first time we accomplished that as a school, and that was the biggest win we have had. The kids just worked so hard that year to accomplish that goal. It was pretty amazing.

Who is your favorite professional athlete?
I would say Karch Kiraly. He is currently the coach of the USA Women’s Team. He was the Player of the Decade in volleyball, so he has had a lot of influence on me as a coach and player.

What do you enjoy doing outside of coaching? Do you have any favorite hobbies?
I love spending time with my family, watching my daughters play, and going to Jimmy Buffett concerts.

What are your goals for the future of CC volleyball?
I want to provide a great experience for the student athletes that come to play volleyball here, and I also want to take the program to the point where we can consistently be a Top 10 program and play for a national championship.

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