If ever there was a perfect time for the ongoing three-week approved summer practice period for high school athletes, it came for the Charleston Catholic volleyball program.
The Irish hired their new volleyball coach just 10 days prior to the beginning of the period that concludes at the end of the week.
Leisha Salyer accepted the position on June 1, and the 23-year-old Ohio native jumped right into the fire when practice began June 10.
Salyer was happy for the opportunity presented to her when Catholic AD Bill Gillispie offered her the job.
"I was very excited because it is very rare you come out college and get offered a position such as this," Salyer said. "It was amazing. (Sports studies) is my major so it was exactly what I want to do with my life.
"This year I coached two girls from Charleston Catholic and their parents gave me a call and indicated they needed a coach. I got a call from the athletic director and we talked. I was interviewed a couple times and was hired on June 1."
Salyer played volleyball at West Virginia State for four years and began her coaching career at the Charleston Volleyball Club before being an assistant coach last season at her alma mater under Yellow Jacket coach Shannon Gerencir.
Salyer realizes she is entering a successful program that carries with it high expectations every year. The Irish won Class A volleyball state titles in 2009 and 2010.