Fathergill hired as Whittell’s new head volleyball coach
Whenever the coach who turned a 2A school into a statewide power resigns, there’s always a level of concern. In Tony Fathergill, Dan McLauhglin said the Whittell volleyball program has nothing to worry about.
“He’s about as high up in the volleyball world as you’re going to get,” said McLaughlin, who led the Warriors to six 2A state championships, including their current streak of five consecutive titles, a 2A state record. “Tony has been around the game for a long time. He played professionally, and he played collegiately. The program is in great hands … Whittell couldn’t have made a better choice.”
Fathergill, who was hired to replace McLaughlin earlier this month, was not available for comment. In the past week, the Tribune left several phone messages for him that went unreturned.
Fathergill inherits a team that finished with a non-tournament record of 18-6 last season and won league, regional and state titles. He’ll also welcome back several returning starters, most notably Lauren Andrew, Brette Harrington and Isabel Concha-Foley.
Andrew was a first-team all-state performer, Harrington was an all-leaguer, and the 5-foot-11 Concha-Foley is an emerging star in the Northern 2A. Even if McLaughlin had left the cupboard empty, the school’s athletic administrators were confident Fathergill was the man for the job.
“He’s got a lot of experience with high school-aged girls throughout the country,” said athletic director Steve Maltase. “I don’t think the program is going to miss a beat. I think it’s going to continue to have success.”
Fathergill, who lives in the Stateline area, played collegiately at NCAA Division II East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, and then had several playing stints in various professional leagues. He’s currently the director and head coach of the Pacific Coast Volleyball Camp, a San Jose-based organization that he founded in 1997.