Shannon Alvarado has coached and played volleyball at the high school and college level. Now, after seven years at Texas A&M Kingsville, she brings a wealth of experience to her new job as head coach of the McKinney North Lady Bulldogs. Thursday evening, the parents and players of the Lady Dawgs volleyball program gathered in the school’s library to meet with their new coach, who was first introduced by athletic director Mike Fecci.
“We found a very, very good [coach],” Fecci said of Alvarado. “We’re very blessed that she was available for us to snatch up and get here.”
Alvarado first arrived in McKinney on July 5th for an interview and was hired shortly after. On Monday, her move to McKinney became official as she arrived with husband John and two-year old son, Jayden. Alvarado is originally from Iowa, which is a solid 12 hours away. But she said she still feels much closer to home since she just left her job in Kingsville, which is about three hours south of San Antonio.
“We’re excited to be up here,” she said.
Immediately, when a new head coach is hired the expectation is that the program is in for new radical changes but Alvarado insisted that wouldn’t be the case when it comes to North volleyball.
“I’m not coming in here to change absolutely everything,” she said. “There’s going to be some changes. That is to be expected. But there’s been some good things that have happened here at McKinney North and I want to continue to build off of some things that work. And I want to implement some things that I think can work.”
The Lady Bulldogs season begins on August 17 in a home game versus Wichita Falls Rider.
-Joe Arriola, TownSquareBuzz.com