Crownhart takes over Roaring Fork volleyball post |

Crownhart takes over Roaring Fork volleyball post

CARBONDALE – Roaring Fork High School filled a big hole in its fall sports season Wednesday.

Volleyball and boys’ soccer practices start this Monday and, until Wednesday, the Rams had head coaching vacancies in both sports. But Roaring Fork hired one of its own for the volleyball position and looks close to having a soccer coach in place.

Roaring Fork hired Karen Nieslanik Crownhart as head volleyball coach for the Rams. She replaces Art Prater and will immediately get to work meeting some of the players and parents during an open gym session at 6 tonight at the high school.

“I’ve been wanting to get her back coaching at Roaring Fork,” said athletic director Larry Williams. “She’s definitely one of those people I would want my kids to be coached by. She’s just an all-around good person.

Crownhart, a 1991 Roaring Fork High School graduate, was a setter for the Rams’ volleyball team and helped the basketball team to three state titles as a guard. She also spent time as an assistant girls’ basketball coach.

“She’s great with the kids and was a great athlete who knows the fundamentals and skills necessary,” Williams said. “She has an incredible work ethic, both as a player and as a coach.”

Crownhart says she’s never seen herself as the stereotypical head coach barking out plays, but she’s looking forward to giving something back to high school athletics.

“I’m not really the type to be a head coach, but I enjoy being in the gym and enjoy sports a lot,” she said. “It will be fun to be with the players and hopefully I’ll make it a positive experience for them.

“Athletics for me was a wonderful thing and, hopefully, I can give them a little of what I experienced.

Volleyball practice officially begins Monday statewide.

As for a new soccer coach to replace Jarrod Fuhrman, Williams said he has made an offer to a potential coach and should have a response soon. He declined to name the coaching candidate.

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