"It's a little nerve-wracking because they are used to a great season," Salyer said. "Everybody is amazing, though. I have got to know the kids, the parents, and the school. Everyone has been so helpful.
During the three-week practice period, Salyer has been hard at work trying to get her system in with the players, and the Irish seem to be catching on quickly.
The Irish hosted the Summer Spike Fest on Saturday. Catholic finished third among the nine participants, giving Salyer high hopes for the upcoming season.
"The girls started practice and I feel confident in what we can do," Salyer said. "I couldn't be more proud finishing third in our first tournament. It was good to see how they would react in a game-like setting.
Last year's Catholic team was hit hard with injuries, as two of their best players in Catherine Bandak and Hannah Gallian suffered season-ending knee injuries. Salyer won't have Bandak available, but hopes to have Gallian back sometime throughout the 2013 season.
"Catherine decided not to play because she is focusing on basketball, and Hannah will get her doctor's release on September 1," Salyer said.
"We don't want to push her coming off a serious injury, but she wants to play in college, so she might try and play some."