After Crater volleyball coach Leaf Jensen retired two months ago so he could spend more time with his family, Comets athletic director David Heard acted promptly Tuesday to help ease the transition in hiring Megan Dunn to fill the void.
Dunn, a 2010 Lake Oswego High graduate, most recently has coached with the Southern Oregon Volleyball Club for the past two seasons so she knows full well the work already put in by Jensen and the players she will come to coach during the high school campaign.
“I’m really excited to be a part of the community and helping with the program,” said the 26-year-old Dunn. “Hopefully we will make everyone proud and continue to build on the legacy that Leaf has really created at Crater.”
This past season, Crater finished sixth at the Class 5A state tournament to earn its first state trophy in program history. The Comets finished 21-4 overall and went undefeated in Midwestern League play to score their first conference title and state tournament berth since 2014.
“Leaf was great while he was here and I totally understand why he’s not going to be coaching now, it’s similar to my own situation where you get to watch your daughter play in college,” said Heard. “He’s going to stay involved, especially here in the offseason, and kind of help mentor Megan as she transitions from club to high school, so it’s a perfect scenario.”
Dunn, who moved to Central Point in 2016, has previously worked with Jensen at the Southern Oregon Volleyball Club and said she will appreciate any help he is willing to offer.
“He will definitely leave some big shoes to fill,” she said of Jensen. “He’s done an amazing job with the organization and reputation for the program. I’m hoping to exceed any expectations of the new coach coming in and hope to continue that strong reputation.”
“I’ve been around a few high school games and I know the girls and the parents and they’re all just super-awesome down to earth people,” added Dunn. “The whole high school coaching is a different aspect to it all so I know I have some work to do but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Dunn played collegiately at Division II Francis Marion University in South Carolina, where she was a three-year starter and led the team in total blocks as a team captain her senior year. She coached three years in the Florence Juniors Volleyball Club in South Carolina and three more years in the Athena Volleyball Academy in Beaverton before moving to Southern Oregon.
“We are excited to have a young energetic person with such an extensive volleyball background,” said Heard of the hire. “Her knowledge of the sport and commitment to kids is really what we are looking for.”
Dunn said that her passion has been volleyball for half her life now and one aspect she hopes to push is the continuation of her players to go on and compete at the collegiate level. Her first job, however, will be to help fill out her coaching staff and put together a summer schedule with open gyms, camps and tryouts.
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