By Derryl Trujillo; Sports Writer —
TEMECULA – Ever since Great Oak High School opened in 2004, stability and success are two things which have gone hand in hand for girls’ volleyball at the Temecula Valley’s southernmost high school. However, since longtime coach Mark Motluck resigned and moved over to Chaparral for a teaching position, where he also became a part of Gale Johnson’s staff (as the freshman head coach), it has been hard for the Wolfpack to keep a coach.
Laikin Ramirez had the job for a year and went 5-13 overall with a 1-9 mark in the Southwestern League in 2018-2019. Then, she resigned and relocated to Tennessee. After COVID-19 wiped out the 2020 season, Cheyanne Te’o was named Ramirez’ successor. In her lone season at the helm, the Lady Wolfpack went 18-6 overall and 7-3 in the Southwestern League to earn runner-up honors. In the CIF-SS D2 playoffs they defeated South Pasadena on opening night before falling at Laguna Beach in the second round.
However, Te’o resigned recently and AD Herschel Ramirez was again forced to go on a search for a new varsity girls’ volleyball coach. That search ended this past Friday as Hannah Schaffer was named the new leader and given the keys to the program. She comes to Great Oak after one year at Corona High School where the Lady Panthers went 9-18 overall and 0-10 in that lone campaign last fall.
As a player, Schaffer spent time at Mt. San Jacinto College under Serinna Eason before completing her collegiate eligibility at NAIA member La Sierra, under Erin Conley. Schaffer is a current club coach with Viper Volleyball Club in Temecula with a previous stint at Empower Volleyball Club in the Corona/Norco area.
Derryl Trujillo has been a sportswriter in the area since 2018 and is a 2019 winner of the IEBCA Supporter of the Year award. He can be reached by email at email@example.com.