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Getzlaff takes over Park volleyball program

Diana Getzlaff took over as Park’s head coach in March. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick)

It may be her first year as the Park High School volleyball coach, but Diana Getzlaff is quite familiar with the program as a whole. Getzlaff actually played for the Wolfpack not too long ago and graduated from Park High School in 2005.

So while this might be her first year as the leader of the program, her passion for her new position is undeniable.

“It’s awesome to be able to give back to a program that gave me so much just a few years ago,” said Getzlaff, who was hired back in March. “It’s really great to be able to lead the program back to what I knew it as.”

Getzlaff actually returned to Park High School three years ago. She started off as the coach of the freshman squad and coached at the junior varsity level last season before taking over the varsity team earlier this year. Getzlaff said after “things fell in the right place in the offseason” she accepted her new role in March.

“I’ve gotten tons of support from everyone involved with the program,” she said, “so I think the transition has been relatively easy for me because of that.”

Getzlaff was as a setter and defensive specialist when she played for the Wolfpack years ago and went on to play college volleyball at Maryville College in Tennessee. She stayed there for a few years after she graduated, but ultimately moved back to Minnesota to be closer to her family.

And now Getzlaff has landed what she calls her dream job.

“This is a great place for me,” she said. “I’ll always bleed green and I can’t imagine working anywhere else.”

That passion is something that could greatly help a program that has been on the schneid for the last few seasons. Getzlaff said she is committed to returning the program back to relevance starting this season.

Getzlaff will get some help for her three captains — senior Molly Haus, senior Kaitlin Ruiter, and sophomore Victoria Bade — throughout the rebuild. They each lead with a unique style, Getzlaff said, and really complement each other on and off the court.

“They’ve been really helpful and really supportive of the changes and the direction we’re going as a program,” she said. “I can rely on them to step up when I need it.”

Getzlaff said while she knows the rebuild won’t happen overnight, she’s committed to this program for the foreseeable future.

“We’ve been developing this program for the last couple of years. I think the goal of this year is to develop unity … and get us back on track as a program,” she said. “We want to develop a future and lay the foundation for this program for years to come.”