Amber Tyndall is coming home.
A 2014 graduate of Gray’s Creek and a former all-conference volleyball player for the Bears, Tyndall is set to become her alma mater’s next volleyball coach.
“I’m just excited to be able to build the program even more with what I’ve learned over the years and give back to what made me who I am and the player I am,” Tyndall said.
As a senior, Tyndall helped Gray’s Creek advance to the third round of the playoffs for the first time in program history. She then played college volleyball at Cape Fear Community College and UNC Pembroke.
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“I think just having the chance to coach the next generation of volleyball players, I want to be able to teach them what I learned in college and over the years,” Tyndall said.
“I want to help grow Gray’s Creek volleyball even more because we’ve always been successful. I’m ready to start building more.”
In addition to nursing in Fayetteville, Tyndall has spent the past seven years coaching travel volleyball. This opportunity allowed him to cross paths with former Gray’s Creek coach Jalesty Washington.
Washington led the Bears to six conference titles in three years before retiring after the 2021 season. Once she decided to move on, Washington reached out to Tyndall to pursue the opener.
“She told me about it and I thought about it for a long time,” Tyndall said. “I thought it would be really cool to coach at my old high school. She was like, ‘I don’t want to give my girls away to anybody else.’ So I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to go.’ … It felt right and I’m very excited.
During his senior season for the Bears, Tyndall had 117 kills, 80 service aces and 50 blocks.
As she steps into a new role with the ability to influence a program that has helped shape her, Tyndall aims to have multiple traits central to what she wants to build.
“I just want to have a competitive atmosphere and a love for the game,” she said. “I want us all to be a family because that’s what we were on my team. … I just want to keep a strong family and a competitive bond – us against everyone.
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