Sometimes, the Northern Chill will look in house. Sometimes, they turn to their most heated of rivals.
When it comes to unearthing energetic, young coaching talent, the local volleyball club will leave no stone unturned.
Few can boast an affiliation with the club longer than Carly Mauro. Still in elementary school at the time, the now 28-year-old registered nurse was a member of the Chill U14 girls team back in 2005-06, the year the club was launched.
Her start, however, might have been as inauspicious as they come.
“I was terrible, I was absolutely terrible,” said Mauro (then Santi) with a laugh. “The only reason that I made Chill was that I was left-handed. At tournaments, I don’t think I ever played more than one set a day in that first year. As the season progressed, I think I got a little angry that I wasn’t getting a chance to play.
“But it wasn’t like I was upset to the point where I wanted to quit. It was more like a hunger to get better, to improve.”