The Pohlman Effect: How Lewis-Clark Volleyball has turned it around


    LEWISTON, ID – For the past two seasons, the Lewis-Clark State volleyball team has struggled.

    They’ve only won eight conference games and have a 19-29 overall record.

    But there’s a new sheriff in town and he’s giving fans something to cheer about.

    As the red-out student body’s chants “L-C STATE” it echoes the LCSC Activities Center, as they watch their team sweep the Whitworth Pirates of the NCAA DIII.

    This team is a lot different than last years.

    In 2017, LC went 11-14 overall and 5-7 in Frontier Conference play.

    But something is different this year.

    “I don’t know what they’ve done in the past,” head volleyball coach Shaun Pohlman said. “I wasn’t a part of that. I just know how I want to see a program run.”

    In his first year, Pohlman has completely changed the LC volleyball program.

    He describes himself as deliberate and he knows what he wants from his players.

    Even though his team is off to one of the best starts in program history, he wants more.

    “I’m trying to build a program. I’m not trying to build a team,” Pohlman said. “I think it’s really important to establish something that lasts three to five years down the road as opposed to something that’s going last just this year.”

    His players have taken notice to this new look out.

    “Pohlman has just taken a while different approach,” senior outside hitter Rachel Gregg said.

    Gregg was on last year’s team and she noticed the Pohlman effect immediately.

    “He comes in and says ‘this is going to be the culture that I want and that we want.’ It’s how can we be the best that we can be and to be successful.”

    While the Warriors are trying to do something they haven’t done since 2011, there’s only one thing the LC volleyball team can do now.

    “We got to keep grinding every single day on and off the court,” Pohlman said. “And just make sure we’re keeping pride in Warrior volleyball.”

    2011 was the last time LC played in the NAIA national championship tournament.

    In 2015, they were runner ups for the Frontier Conference.

    With them now entering conference play, only time will tell if they’ll snap those two streaks.

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