Although they say you can’t go home again, such is not the case for Williams native Mingy Altamirano who, after graduating from Sacramento State University with a degree in kinesiology, is returning to her high school alma mater to teach physical education and take over as the varsity volleyball coach.
A 2013 graduate of Williams High School, Altamirano, who played multiple sports throughout her life, and has experience coaching youth athletics, is both excited and understandably a little anxious about the upcoming year.
“I am most excited about getting to know the athletes and building a relationship with them. This is a family, and whatever happens we will go through it together and work our way to the top. I am nervous about the situation that has unfolded with COVID-19 because the athletes’ safety is first priority, and we will always think of them first,” said Altamirano.
Someone else enthusiastic about Altamirano’s installment as a member of the Yellowjacket staff is her former teacher and Williams’ athletic director, Dan McDonald.
“I look forward to teaching and interacting with Mingy,” McDonald said. “I believe she is a role model for all of our students from kindergarten through high school. Mingy has the opportunity to guide the youth of Williams in a positive direction for her entire career. I am so happy for her.”
As if being a first year teacher isn’t difficult enough, Altamarino will also have her hands full in trying to build a program that hasn’t been able to get a firm footing among the area’s stiff competition.
Yet the newly minted coach is looking forward to the opportunity.
“I accepted this challenge because I believe I have the knowledge of the sport and will be there for the team as a coach and friend. I have the ability to work with any athlete and make them the best they can be. My goal is for every athlete to improve their skills, enjoy their time on the team and learn valuable skills they can use throughout their lives.”
While it remains to be seen when Altamirano and her team will actually take the court, the foundation is being laid for a new era in ‘Jacket volleyball. ■