When Lexi Astor’s mother approached her to be the next volleyball coach at Fort Dodge Senior High, she was interested, she just had to convince her boss.
Astor recently graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic and began employment at Active Health with Josh Mason and Zach Mason.
Astor’s mother, Julie Astor, is the freshman volleyball head coach and served as a varsity assistant.
“My first response was if you could convince Josh that I would,” said Astor, who graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High in 2014.Then Josh (Porter, FDSH Business Manager) spoke with Josh and he said we could work around it.
“I knew there was a need and I missed the coaching. I want to give back to my community. I want to thank Josh Porter and Josh Mason for this opportunity.
Astor has been named interim head coach and will fill the vacancy left by Martha Mericle who has accepted a teaching position at Southeast Polk.
“Lexi had some really cool experiences and she played at UNI,” Porter said. “She is young and knowledgeable about volleyball and that will be the key to this transition.
Astor, who stood out for the Dodgers, returns home to coach his alma mater.
“She wants Fort Dodge volleyball to be good,” Porter said. “This is another story of a Rogue returning home and helping.
“And I appreciate former Dodgers, Josh and Zach Mason for working with us.”
Astor, who was a four-sport athlete at FDSH, playing volleyball, basketball, softball and track and field, has coached club volleyball for the past six years.
Astor will juggle his responsibilities at Active Health and as a volleyball coach.
“I will remove all barriers and all roadblocks, so she can work (at Active Health) and just let her train her,” Porter said. “She understands the game and we want to ease the transition.
“Moving forward, we want to come up with something that we can all agree on with his schedule.”
On the court, Astor played five seasons at the University of Northern Iowa. She coached the 12U to 18U age group and helped lead a 12U team to Nationals with Club Iowa (CIA).
“We hosted many clubs and camps and taught many lessons while I was in northern Iowa,” Astor said. “I coached Iowa Select with Frank Flanagan.
Astor is looking forward to getting on the court and helping out in nets for the Dodgers.
“I’m just looking forward to building a program that everyone can be excited about,” Astor said. “Fort Dodge hasn’t had a lot of success lately, but I think we’re capable of getting there like softball and other sports at FDSH.
“Children just need good training and good guidance. We will cover the basic skills.
The Fort Dodge Senior High graduate will also have her mother to lean on.
“Both of my parents (Kevin, former FDSH activity director and coach) coached in the system,” Astor said. “My mom has been around the program so she can help me train and help me.
“I’m so excited to give back to the community and make volleyball appealing to more kids.”