With 13 years of coaching experience and more than 25 years of actually playing the game, Sunnyside High School's new volleyball coach is looking to improve upon last year's winless season.
"I'm really excited about it," said Mhike Dumo, the newest coach at Sunnyside High School. "There is a lot of talent here I can work with."
Dumo has been coaching since he was 16-years-old. He played in high school and attended the University of Baguio on a full-ride volleyball scholarship. In the Philippines, students end high school in the 10th grade, Dumo explained.
He moved to the United States when he was 18.
Dumo became coach of the C squad in Wapato and coached there for one and one-half years.
"We got a new AD and he wanted all his coaches to be school district employees," Dumo said.
Since Dumo works in the dental industry in Yakima, he was forced to give up his position in Wapato.
Soon, however, he took the position of JV coach at East Valley High School in Yakima. There he coached for seven years until he left to take over the head coaching position at Highland High School.
There, success was tough to find. Highland is a small A school and he had to compete with cheerleading and ladies soccer, which drained his talent pool at Highland. His team was so small they only fielded a varsity team, which consisted of freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Dumo said former Sunnyside High School volleyball coach Angel Carrizales was instrumental in getting him to come and coach the Grizzlies.
"She recruited me to come here," Dumo said.
He's excited to be here. Having the luxury of overseeing four teams is something new to him. Sunnyside fields a freshman team, a C squad, a JV team and a varsity team.
Dumo said his team has been practicing since the second week of June. He still hasn't seen his complete team yet and is excited about finally meeting all of them.
He's planning on having his full team participate in a volleyball camp next week at Yakima Valley Community College.
As far as his thoughts on next season.
"We'll take it a game at a time and then go from there," he said.