Tami Reese, who previously was the head volleyball coach at Ballard High School for 20 seasons, is the new varsity head coach of the Issaquah Eagles volleyball squad. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Tami Reese, who previously was the head volleyball coach at Ballard High School for 20 seasons, is the new varsity head coach of the Issaquah Eagles volleyball squad. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Reese will lead the Issaquah volleyball program

Former Ballard Beavers head coach lands head-coaching position at Issaquah.

Being in constant motion is the mode of operation Tami Reese follows in all aspects of her life.

Reese, who was the head coach of the Ballard Beavers volleyball program for 21 seasons, landed the Issaquah Eagles head volleyball coaching position in late May. Reese, who took the 2018 season off from coaching, is excited to return to the court after a one-year hiatus.

“I coach with lots of energy and am moving nonstop. I learned a lot from (former) University of Washington volleyball coach Jim McLoughlin. I went to his clinics and camps. I use his techniques and strategies and combine that with my energy and passion for athletics,” Reese said of her coaching style.

Reese, who will maintain her role as a health and fitness teacher at Ballard High School, is no stranger to the Issaquah community. Her husband Rob has coached the Eagles baseball team for the past 26 seasons. Their son Tyler will be a senior this fall at Issaquah High School.

“It is meant to be,” Reese said of coaching the Eagles volleyball team. “I have been around Issaquah High School for 26 years. It is home to me. The opportunity came up and I wanted it.”

Reese inherits a talented squad this fall. The Eagles, who competed at the 4A state volleyball tournament during the 2018 season, are a formidable force in the 4A KingCo Conference. They finished the 2018 season with 17 victories.

“I want to keep the tradition going. I love high school athletics. It is the best. You have to build with what you have. Our returners have a big part in this. They know what worked last season and what didn’t work. I always have looked up to my players. I respect them a lot,” Reese said.

Reese said the Eagles will kick off open gym sessions on June 4 and will conduct a camp in July. The first day of practice will be on Aug. 26.

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