Andrew Beyer was a part of a Newman High School volleyball program that played in three consecutive state championship matches.
Now Beyer hopes he can carry that success to the Northshore.
Beyer was named the coach at St. Scholastica Academy on Tuesday. He replaces Lauren Beattie, who led the Doves to the Division II state semifinals this past season.
“I actually got really lucky because SSA was actually the first to make contact,” Beyer said. “They sought me out. I hope to be at St. Scholastica for a very long time.”
Sporting an extensive volleyball background, Beyer comes to Covington after almost a decade at Newman. While on the Greenies staff, he was a part of state championships in 2003, 2004 and 2013.
Newman was also state runnersup in 2012 and 2014.
“I think it is going to be a smooth transition because I’m coming into a school that is passionate about volleyball, much like what we had at Newman,” Beyer said. “Even though this is my first head coaching job, I have a lot of experience. My belief is on Day 1 that the culture is going to be set and be the way we want it to be for this program to take the next step forward.”
Beyer said his biggest adjustment in taking over the Doves may have nothing to do with his on-court duties.
“Actually it will be moving into the classroom full-time,” he said. “I’ve always been a nonfaculty coach in my other stops. That will no longer be the case at SSA. So I’m changing careers as well as coaching positions. Becoming a full-time teacher is going to be the biggest challenge.
“When it comes to the volleyball, I think the biggest challenge will be just getting to know the kids quick enough to make sure we can have an impact right away.”
Taking over a program that finished 37-7 last season, SSA must replace District MVP Emma Estapa. However, the Doves return sophomore Alison Weimer along with juniors Jessica Lucio and Gabby Chaix.
“I actually got to meet my team last week,” Beyer said. “I told them I was there to help them get better on and off the court. I believe it is going to be a very family-type atmosphere. When teams have that kind of chemistry, they are successful.
“Hopefully I will be that difference to get us over the hump and into a state championship match. Our goal is to get to the next level and that comes with getting a mindset from Day 1 that you are going to be at your best every single point of every single match. It’s my job to get them better every day.”
Beyer also announced he will be retaining longtime coach Pete Bertucci as an assistant on his staff.
“I’ve known (Bertucci) for 20 years and am very excited to start working with him,” Beyer said.