Bryan Trumbo was only 9 years old when he started helping his father, Dave, at the Spike IT! Volleyball Camp about 21 years ago — he shagged balls and partnered up for drills with campers when needed.
Trumbo, entering his fifth year as head coach of Century's volleyball team this fall, has officially taken the reigns and is serving as the camp's director for the first time. It's a funny thing, he said, because he didn't realize how similar his curriculum was to Dave's previous one until he looked at it and saw they chose the same camp break periods.
"Things are fairly similar because we have the same kind of coaching philosophy and coaching style," Trumbo said. "It's really about getting the girls familiar with the sport just because I teach at Linton Springs [Elementary] and I feel so blessed being there now that it feeds into Century, so we're trying to get the girls started at a younger age."
Spike IT! volleyball campers and Century athletes have taken notice.
Sarah Riggin, a 2016 Times first-team all-countian, played for Bryan Trumbo all four years at Century. She will be a freshman at Stevenson this fall and plans to play volleyball for the Mustangs under Dave Trumbo. Riggin has been a camp counselor for the past three years and took part in the camp as a sixth-grader.
"[Bryan] is a really good coach and he saw my potential," Riggin said. "He was able to help me grow and become a college athlete. My favorite part [of playing at Century] was probably the team aspect and how we, as a group, we all bond. The team chemistry was there but he helped us use that on the court to succeed."
Trumbo applies similar lessons to his camp regimen. The key to building an individual's volleyball technique and skill all starts at the feet, he said.
"Everything, whether it's passing, setting, serving, anything. It all starts with your feet," Trumbo said. "If you're not ready then the rest of your body is affected to starting with what needs to happen first, second, third and go up your body as far as what you need to change in order to perform any skill properly and effectively."
Jenna Rodriguez, 12, and Kate Grimsley, 14, are both campers who hope to improve their hitting skills this week. The girls participated in different drills with their peers Tuesday, the camp's second of five days.
One particular drill, called Queens of the Court, seemed to be a camp favorite on Tuesday. Players formed three even lines on the baseline of the volleyball court and faced the "Queens" on the opposite side of the net. The ball was hit into play and played back and forth until a team won a rally against the "Queens" to replace them on their court to continue the pattern.
"He's a really good coach so far and I like how everyone helps out too," Jenna said.
Trumbo took time to explain every objective with poise and direction and continuously observed both courts to make sure each camper was in tune. Riggin added that the success Trumbo and his dad both have has played a role in players' interest in the camp, as well as hers, when she was younger.
"It's all about the life lessons you find in sports," Trumbo said. "This will be my ninth year coaching in high school and I would say my first couple years, I was all about winning. I'm still super competitive but in order to get there it's the relationships you want to develop and those are the things that will last. That's what you try to get out of camp; it's a different feel than you have in any other sport."