Gering names two new coaches
     2014-03-27      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Courtesy photo - David Lashley 
Two new coaches will head up Gering High School’s sports teams for the 2014-15 school year.
David Lashley, counselor at the high school, has been named head volleyball coach. And he brings lots of experience to the job. He’s coached volleyball at the high school level for 16 years and USA Volleyball for nine years. In those years, he’s coached at Banner County, Bayard and Torrington and led six teams to a state tournament appearance.

Lashley has also been a head coach for the Western Nebraska All-Star game as well as the Wyoming Coaches Association All-Star game. In recent years, he’s served as a volleyball referee.

“I’m excited about coaching this fall,” Lashley said. “My first coaching job was right out of high school and I have had some success with it.”

Gering has had much success in the past with its volleyball program, and Lashley said he plans to continue that tradition. “I’ve had my own successes and I think we can keep the program going. We have a good coaching staff and some pretty good players.”

Lashley said as far as he knows, assistant coaches Stevie Gabel and Whitney Roth to also be back with the program in the fall.

Justin Reinmuth, who teaches social studies at Gering Junior High, has been named to coach the boys’ tennis team this fall at the high school for the team’s third season as a varsity sport. Reinmuth, who currently coaches the girls’ tennis team, will add the boys team to his coaching duties this fall.

“I’m excited to take over as the boys coach,” he said. “Obviously I don’t know the kids as well as I know the girls, but I look forward to building a solid team.”

Last year, the girls won a match at the state tournament, and Reinmuth said he wants to see the same kind of success with the boys team. The boys team sent several players to the state tournament last year, but they were unable to come away with a win.

“We’ll be working on that in the fall to see if we can make it to round two at the state tournament,” he said. “We had some talented seniors graduate and leave the program, but I’m hoping to recruit some kids from the junior high and get them interested in tennis to build a quality team.”

Although Reinmuth will coach both boys and girls teams next school year, he said it’s a sport he really enjoys. “It’s a great sport, one of those that you can play your entire life,” he said. “I grew up loving all the traditional sports, but tennis is one of those games you can always play. All you need is another player.”

Reinmuth said he doesn’t have an assistant coach for the boys at this time, but that could change if the team starts to grow like the girls team. “Getting all the help you can definitely helps your team.”

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