Action County: Shauna Bocksch
Shauna Bocksch is not your average Summit High School coach. In fact, she is a downright SHS coaching rarity – a former Tiger athlete who has returned to guide from the sidelines.Bocksch, who coaches the freshmen volleyball team, was born in Midland, Texas. She grew up in Breckenridge and was a member of the class of ’88 at Summit High, where she played volleyball until a back injury forced her to the sidelines for good her junior year.Haunted by the void her early exit left in her heart, she returned to the game this fall and is loving every minute of it.
“I think I didn’t get my fix when I was in high school,” she said. “I’ve wanted to coach volleyball for years; it’s been one of my goals in life. Now I’m achieving it.”When Bocksch isn’t guiding from the sidelines, she’s usually playing her own sports. A talented natural athlete, she’s been an avid windsurfer since she was young and has carved a nice name for herself on skis.She was an All-American in GS as a freshman at the University of Colorado, and helped the Buffs win a national title in 1989. Even today, Bocksch still competes in local races: She won the up-and-down Grind this spring at A-Basin, and is a consistent top-10 overall finisher in the grueling Imperial Challenge.In the warmer months, when not out on the water working with the wind, Bocksch races in 24-hour mountain bike races.
A life skills trainer with Bristlecone Health, Bocksch and her husband, Mark, are expecting their first child in February.Among your 24-hour bike races, you said the 24 Hours of Donner Pass was your favorite. Why?
“Just because of the story behind the venue. The Donner family was a pretty well-to-do family moving west around the gold rush times. People took advantage of them and sent them on a northern route, and as it turned out they weren’t able to get over the pass before the snow fell. There were rumors of cannibalism within the family. It’s just a tale of survival. Every time I was doing a loop, I just thought of that family and what they were going through.”What are Summit High sports of today like compared to what they were like when you were playing?”The level of coaching and the level of athleticism have increased. But I think all in all it’s the same spirit and level of enjoyment.”
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