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Dave Selvig / Forum News Service, Published November 20 2013

Volleyball a family affair for Hegerles

Jamestown, N.D. - On Sunday night, Jon and Sara Hegerle were on the couch with their oldest daughter Josie and two youngest daughters Grace and Edie, watching film of volleyball matches.

It’s not all volleyball all the time for this family, but it’s close. Jon is the head coach for the University of Jamestown volleyball team, Sara is the head coach for the Jamestown High School volleyball team and Josie is the North Dakota West Region high school volleyball player of the year.

Sara, Josie and the rest of the Jamestown team will play an opening round match today in the Class A state tournament at Minot.

“Just another night at the Hegerle house,” Sara joked. “Well, we’re probably dorks, but it’s always kind of been that way.”

Josie doesn’t remember things any other way.

“I grew up with a ball in my hand,” she said. “I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Volleyball is a big part of our family’s life. It always has been.”

The formula has worked quite nicely, whether the colors are blue and white or orange and black.

Sara has piloted the Blue Jays to consecutive state tournaments for the first time in school history.

Jon has a 119-52 record in five years leading the Jimmies.

Josie, who has amassed 818 assists, 130 kills, 47 blocks and 36 aces this season, has one last weekend playing for her mom, then will head off for college, although that is unlikely to be in Jamestown.

“It’s tough having your mom, or your dad for that matter, as your coach,” Sara said. “You have to try and separate it out to some degree, so there’s a fine line you try to walk.

“That’s not to say we haven’t enjoyed it, because we have. But we’ll enjoy it when it ends, too.”

Having a parent as a coach isn’t a big deal because it’s always been that way, Josie said.

“Maybe it means there’s higher expectations, but I’d want to do well no matter who my coach is,” Josie said. “I guess the difference is when we go home my coach is going to be there.”

There is a balance to strike, and they try to separate it as much as possible.

“There are times where Josie needs a parent and not a coach. She’s a pretty well-adjusted kid, but it doesn’t need to be – and it shouldn’t always be – about volleyball,” Jon said. “You have to be able to keep things in some perspective and we work on doing that.”

Occasionally, that means they agree to disagree in certain situations.

“We talk about things and sometimes they might disagree more with each other than I would with them, but we all want the same thing and that’s what’s best for the team,” Josie said. “We always come to agree on that.”

Selvig writes for the Jamestown Sun