Rochester Adams coach Terry Baughman is pictured Aug. 24 during a tournament at the Elite Sportsplex in Waterford. Baughman previously coached high school volleyball in Indianapolis and at Walled Lake Northern before taking the Adams job.

Rochester Adams coach Terry Baughman is pictured Aug. 24 during a tournament at the Elite Sportsplex in Waterford. Baughman previously coached high school volleyball in Indianapolis and at Walled Lake Northern before taking the Adams job.

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Adams volleyball being led by new coach

By: Jacob Herbert | Rochester Post | Published September 4, 2019

 Lilyanna Metzger, left, and Elizabeth Blaine attempt to block the ball in a recent tournament. Lara Sabastian, a junior with the Highlanders, said the front row will be a strength for the team this season.

Lilyanna Metzger, left, and Elizabeth Blaine attempt to block the ball in a recent tournament. Lara Sabastian, a junior with the Highlanders, said the front row will be a strength for the team this season.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Fall sports are back in high schools across the state. As the Rochester Adams volleyball team returns to the gym, it does so with a new coach. 

Terry Baughman spent 15 years coaching volleyball at a high school in Indianapolis. From there, he moved on to join the coaching staff at Walled Lake Northern.

Now, after some careful planning and decision making, Baughman has taken the reins at Adams.

“Coach Baughman communicates his expectations and vision for the program very clearly and comes to Adams confident in how he wants the program to continue moving forward,” Adams Athletic Director Jason Rapp said in an email. “This guidance, combined with his ability to coach the sport itself, creates a recipe for success.”

Of the many benefits to taking the Adams job, one of the most important to the coach was moving closer to home. Baughman had been driving 45 minutes to an hour both ways for work and, because of that, was missing out on family time.

“This job does take time, but I live only 10 minutes from here, so I can still have dinner with my family or go watch my son play sports,” he said. “It was well worth the switch.”

The biggest challenge for Baughman in getting acclimated with the new team has been learning the ins and outs of the school. Assistant coach Shyne Flynn, who was a part of the previous coaching staff, has been “a huge help” in that endeavor.

Baughman also brought in Maddy Hager — a former player at Walled Lake Northern and at the club level — to assist with tracking stats and other day-to-day tasks.

The season is still young and the Highlanders have only played a handful of matches, but junior Lara Sebastian has already seen positive signs in her teammates.

“We have a lot of potential in the front row. We have a lot that we can do up there,” Sebastian said. “I think we’re pretty good with ball control, and we’re pretty strong in the back row because we have a couple people that have played together for a few years now.”

Baughman said one of the Highlanders’ greatest strengths is their depth. Should one player have to miss time, there is another waiting in line ensuring the team doesn’t miss a beat. The players are also all battling for different spots on the court while the coaches are trying to assess who is going to play where.

The Highlanders got their first taste of match action Aug. 24 in a tournament at the Elite Sportsplex in Waterford. Based on his early assessment of the team, the coach noted how Adams can be a very good team if it sticks to its training.

“The moment there was a little bit of tension and they freaked out a little bit, we overreacted and we struggled,” Baughman said.

Both Baughman and Sebastian believe the Highlanders have the ability to surprise opponents this season. Led by seniors Emanuela Gjokaj and Amber Morris, and juniors Sebastian and Alexis Wolas, Adams wants to make a name for itself in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

“I really believe we can make waves in our district and our conference,” Baughman said. “I hope that we prove to be better than some people think, but that’s up to the players. I can only train them here, and they have to go out and do it on the court.”

Call Sports Writer Jacob Herbert at (586) 498-1062. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports.

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