Former Sehome coach Kristy Van Egdom will take over Lyncs program
LYNDEN — Lynden Christian volleyball has found a new head coach. Following the retirement of 25-year head coach Kim Grycel, the school announced the hiring of Kristy Van Egdom to take over the program.
Van Egdom was previously the head coach at Sehome High School in Bellingham. During her time at Sehome, the Mariners made seven trips to state with one third-place trophy, two fourth-place finishes and one sixth-place.
She was named state tournament Coach of the Year in 2018 and Whatcom County Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014.
Van Egdom said she’s excited to take over a program with a history of success.
Grycel led Lynden Christian volleyball to 23 consecutive trips to the state tournament, earning 20 state trophies and three state titles.
“With such a winning program I think you go in true to yourself and authentic to your beliefs,” Van Egdom said. “There will be some changes, but there’s also some really great things that are already in the foundation as well.”
The Lyncs are coming off an undefeated 13-0 season that had them at the top of the Northwest Conference.
Having just held team camp last week, Van Egdom said she’s excited to be a part of Lynden Christian volleyball with the incoming group.
“There’s some not just great volleyball players, but some really great girls,” Van Egdom said.
Gone will be seven seniors from this last year’s team that would have undoubtedly made a run had there been a state tournament, but that leaves the door open for the upcoming seniors to write their own history as Lyncs.
“They get to create their own legacy now and I think they’re really excited for that,” Van Egdom said. “After being with them the last few days, I don’t think they’re going to have any problem making that legacy for themselves.”
Van Egdom will also get to start her own story at the helm of the Lynden Christian program.
She said she’s looking forward to seeing the team succeed not only on the court, but off it as well.
“I truly believe that sports are a toolbelt for life and you learn a lot of lessons through passion and these girls love the game of volleyball,” Van Egdom said. “Whether that’s teamwork, leadership, teamwork, discipline or perseverance, I think you can use the passion of volleyball to learn how to grow and be a better person each and every day.”
The Lyncs volleyball team will spend the summer competing in a couple of tournaments, but other than that and a youth camp, there won’t be much to do until August when practices start up.
Van Egdom said she, like most people, is hopeful of getting back to what we used to know, which in this case is time to prepare properly and to have a tournament at the end of the season.
“I think everybody is so excited for that normal piece, whatever that looks like and however that feels,” she said. “No matter what, these girls are going to respond to whatever is asked of them, but I think it’s always nice to be comfortable and have time to practice and learn from your games.”