Head Coach Carolyn Replogle
Catoosa is a small town proud of its student athletes and that overwhelming support is paramount, according to Replogle, as to why she is still coaching as she nears her 65th birthday. Her personal heritage is deeply embedded in the school’s long time winning sports teams. Her husband and high school sweetheart, Larry, recently retired (for the second time) from CHS, completing a 40+ year coaching career. Her daughter and son both were standout Indian athletes and both played college basketball. “I graduated from here in 1972,” she says. “We had volleyball back then but nothing like we have today,” alluding to the dawning days of Title IX and equal school athletic opportunities for girls. By the 1980’s volleyball had been dropped from the offerings for CHS girls. “I coached basketball for 25 years and returned home here in 1998 to start back up the girls’ volleyball program.”
Rumblings of non-compliance with Title IX mandates were starting to seethe within the community. School leadership, by hiring the hometown Replogle, threw its critics a bone of equality- the restart of a volleyball program. History has proved it a wise board decision. “The first year we played Junior High only. The next year we moved up to JV and the third year we went with a varsity team,” Replogle recalls.
|L to R: Baylee Calico, Desiree Bates, |
Tiffany Maxey, Sara Chalupa,
|The Grave of Blue Duck|
“This is a great place to grow up,” says senior volleyball player Desiree Bates. “I can’t imagine being anywhere else. Sports are big here but they also are kept in perspective,” she says. “Our parents and coaches see to that.”
|Action vs. Tulsa Corsica Hall|
|A Spirited Practice|
|Hard Working |
Coach Replogle gives the Tulsa native a ringing endorsement. “He is great,” she gushes. “He not only does a lot, he does it very well. He has to be up here at school on an average of four nights a week, sometimes like tonight, as we have our football pre-season scrimmage going on as well as volleyball, he is running back and forth at multiple sites.”
A coach who does not have time to soft peddle, Replogle is pragmatic and to the point with her assessment of the Indians performance in the just completed match against Tulsa Corsica Hall. “We looked tired and did not play very well,” she says of her team’s 25-17, 25-19 and 25-18 loss. But, the value of experience is perspective; you don’t shoot the survivors, you regroup. “We will be ok,” she says.