WADSWORTH — When the sixth-graders at Rittman Middle School are asked what they did over the summer, none of them will have a better story to tell than their new teacher.
Two-time Gazette MVP Aimey Reynolds has been named the varsity volleyball coach at Rittman High, giving the former Wadsworth star a program of her own to run for the first time.
Reynolds spent the past two seasons as the lead assistant under Grizzlies coach Jill Quayle, helping the squad to a 42-7 record and the 2009 Barberton Division I District championship.
“When the Rittman job became open, the sequence of events that followed seemed to fall perfectly into place for me,” Reynolds said. “I saw this opportunity as an open door to many possibilities.
“Although I wasn’t seeking to leave Wadsworth, this was a new program where I could really grab hold of the reins and make a difference in these girls’ lives.”
Reynolds began her coaching career in 2007 at Highland, where she worked with Quayle and current Hornets coach Jeff McDivitt for one year apiece.
She established strong rapport with her players on the junior varsity teams at both schools, all while attending the University of Akron.
“One of the hardest things about taking this job was leaving the girls,” Reynolds said. “I enjoyed every second at Wadsworth and had so many great experiences with a phenomenal coaching staff.”
Prior to moving to the bench, the 2006 Wadsworth graduate became the sixth player in history to win back-to-back Medina County MVP awards. The 5-foot-7 outside hitter also was a three-time All-Division I District and All-Suburban League selection.
“I am very happy and excited for Aimey,” Quayle said. “She is very knowledgeable about the game of volleyball and she forms great relationships with the girls and their families.
“Aimey also has been an excellent coach and friend to me, so I will miss her not being around, but I am confident she will be successful.”
Not only will Reynolds be coaching the Indians, she will be teaching ancient civilizations in the same building at Rittman’s brand new combination high school/middle school.
Even more important in the grand scheme of things, she will be doing it as a new bride.
Reynolds and fiancé Joe Capotosta are getting married Saturday in Barberton. Many of their former Grizzlies classmates and teammates are among the wedding party, which will have plenty to celebrate.
“All of these events have made my life incredibly busy, but it couldn’t be better,” Reynolds said. “I get to marry my high school sweetheart, best friend, and the person who I look to the most for support. As a teacher, I will get to exercise my creativity and really begin to impact young lives. As a coach, I’ll be able to do the same.
“The journey of marriage is a whole new adventure that I will get to enjoy at the same time.”
Rittman is coming off a 2-21 season, including an 0-14 mark in the Wayne County Athletic League. Reynolds takes over the Division III squad from Cindy Vaughn.
“Their records in the past do not reflect some of the athleticism and talent that Rittman has had,” Reynolds said. “As a young coach, I couldn’t ask for anything better than a clean slate like this to begin building a program.
“The girls have been showing up and working hard for me each and every day. That’s a great start.”
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