Mikal Aberle will be the newest Sunnyside High School volleyball coach. Aberle, who is currently finishing her studies at Central Washington University, will take over for Mhike Dumo, who resigned earlier this year.
"We're excited about the hire," Sunnyside High School Athletic Director Bill Daley said.
Aberle has been an assistant coach with the Selah Vikings for the past two years. The Vikings have won the 2A state title in volleyball the past three years running. She also played for the Vikings varsity team for three years when she was a student. The team went to the State tournament all three years.
The coaching position kind of fell into Aberle's lap as she was looking for a teaching position. She was hired as a new teacher at Harrison Middle School when she learned of the coaching job.
"My main focus was getting a teaching job," she said. But, she added, "It's always been one of my dreams to be a head volleyball coach and I couldn't pass up the opportunity."
Her goal is to build Sunnyside's program.
"I'd like to get it back on its feet," she said.
She said her goals are to win more games than they lose and to get the girls excited about volleyball so they want to come back the next year.
She said starting July 7 there will be an open gym twice a week where the girls will practice. She will also host a volleyball camp in July and tryouts for the team begin Aug. 24.
Sunnyside looks to have some stability, coaching-wise, for its fall and winter programs but longtime tennis coach Troy Whittle has resigned from his position.
Whittle took a position as assistant principal and athletic director with the Big Valley School District in northern California. The Sunnyside history teacher has been working on his administration credentials for the past two years.
"My coaching experience here was phenomenal," Whittle said. "I was blessed to have some great kids to work with."
He also gives credit to his success to assistant coach Dave Downing.
During Whittle's seven years at the helm of the Sunnyside program his team won one league title, two regional titles and one district title. The team placed in the top eight at State four times in his tenure.
Track coach Robin Bryson has also resigned from her position. She will still stay on as the cross country coach.