East Columbus volleyball coach James Alston took the time to reflect on his first season leading the Gators volleyball program. He also expressed his appreciation to a number of individuals and imparted one wisdom to his departing seniors. East Columbus fell to Lakewood in the opening round of the 1A East volleyball playoffs Tuesday.
“I would like to first thank God for directing my path toward East Columbus Junior-Senior High School. I would also like to thank Mr. Godwin, Mr. Faulk, and Mrs. Threadgill for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to coach here at “The Swamp.” I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into as I took the reins from Morgan Jacobs. As I quickly learned, the girls had a team personality like no other I had coached before. We started the season slow, but the young ladies listened, adjusted, and began to understand their strengths and weaknesses. I know it takes time to build a winning team. However, the group of Lady Gators we have returning have shown they have the heart and desire to win. They are already looking forward to next season. To our seniors, I want to encourage you to continue driving forward and only look in the rearview mirror for a second. Keep your eyes on the prize and I know you will succeed in everything you set your minds to. I would also like to thank the assistant coaches, Andrew Crockwell and Latoya Brown for their tireless help and commitment to the program. Overall, I really enjoyed coaching the Lady Gators volleyball team and am looking forward to next season. To end this season, I would like to leave you with this: “THE GREATEST GLORY IN LIVING LIES NOT IN NEVER FALLING, BUT RISING EVERYTIME WE FALL.” -Nelson Mandela”