Adkins still a coach at heart |

Adkins still a coach at heart

DENVER – Jodi Adkins is never far from the Summit High School volleyball team – physically or emotionally.

She retired as head coach two years ago, following the Tigers’ last appearance at state, but was courtside Friday and Saturday as Summit tried to make a good showing at this year’s state tournament.

“I miss the girls a lot,” Adkins said between games Friday at the Denver Coliseum. “It’s just so fun to see them excel like this. I’m so proud of them for making it down here again.”

Adkins’ main function for the weekend was working with Jim Williams of KYSL-FM on live radio reports from the Coliseum. But she was never afraid to don her coach’s hat and talk with her former assistant and successor, Tim Andrulaitis.

“There’s just some questions as far as lineup and that type of thing,” Adkins said. “It’s two coaches getting together and bouncing ideas off each other.”

This year’s team contained the final remnants of the Adkins era, which lasted six years. Seniors Aurora Ebert-Santos and Ashley Reavis played for Adkins as sophomores, and once they graduate, the team will have completely regenerated.

But for one final weekend, it was still Adkins’ team.

“I still feel like I’m a part of it,” she said. “I’ve known them for a long time. I think after this year, I’m not going to know them so well anymore.”

Adkins said the problems this year’s Tigers had at state were similar to the ones that cropped up two years ago.

“I think they just don’t realize their potential,” Adkins said. “They have so much going for them and such a great team. They could take this (tournament), but it’s up to them to believe that.”

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