LYNN — The KIPP boys volleyball team had a season to remember in 2018. The Panthers, with first-year head coach Evan Gallagher, went 9-3 during the regular season, finished second overall in the Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization and made it into the playoffs. And although their season ended with a loss in the tournament, the Panthers are happy with what they accomplished this year.
“It was a great all-around season and I was very happy with what we accomplished, said Gallagher. “Obviously, as a team you want to win it all, but we still had a great year and got great contributions from everyone on the team all year long. It was a great team effort.”
It’s always tough making the transition when a new coach comes to a team, but the Panthers didn’t suffer much with that. Gallagher, who teaches AP biology and environmental science at KIPP, already knew many of the kids and even had a few of them in his classes before taking over as volleyball coach.
“Considering KIPP is such a small school community, I already knew a few of the kids before I took over the job this year,” Gallagher said. “Not only that, but most of the kids knew each other as well, from playing together in previous years. So the team chemistry and that team culture were already very much instilled in everyone by the time I got there, which made things easier. From there, we just focused on becoming a better team on the court.”