Night Hawks open season with new head coach

The Hettinger/Scranton Night Hawks have a new head volleyball coach this season.

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record

The Hettinger/Scranton Night Hawks have a new head volleyball coach this season. After many seasons, Jonathan Kohler has turned over the reins to Ria Eaton. She is originally from Lindsay, Mont., a small farming community between Glendive and Circle. Her husband farms south of Reeder and Ria is an occupational therapist in the area and helps out on the farm. She graduated from the University of Mary.

Along with playing volleyball at Mary for three years she student coached for two. She also coached two years of junior high and spent four years as the head coach at Scranton.

She feels her major challenge as the new head volleyball coach is getting to know the girls and learning what attributes each girl brings to the floor. She also enjoys sharing her love of the game and watching the kids develop in volleyball and as individuals.

The team returns a strong, yet young nucleus but she feels it will take us a little time to come together as a team. But with a group of hard working seniors at the helm as role models for underclassmen, they should be able to accomplish that in a short amount of time. This is a group that is determined, full of talent, hardworking, and coachable, they expect to have a successful season. This is not necessarily determined by win loss record, but how the team and as players develop the skills and reach individual and team goals.

Her goals on the team in the next two to four years is to continue to put forth teams that can compete well in the region. When asked who she considers the favorites in Region 7, she responded that “As a new coach, I haven’t had time to see the other teams play, therefore have no opinion on this question at this time.”

Her assistants are Katrina Johnson, with the junior varsity, and Reba Resner with the C team.