ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds have hired another new coach for the 2018 season, this time for a team in the fall. AHS alum Tanya Degnan will take over as the new head coach of the Atascadero girls varsity volleyball team, starting her second stint as the school’s head coach.
Degnan graduated from Atascadero and played one year at Cuesta before transferring to California State University, East Bay where she still ranks in the top five players in both kill percentage and blocks while playing for the Pioneers for only two years (plus a redshirt season). Degnan has been coaching volleyball since just a few months after she graduated and has more than 20 years of experience.
This is Degnan’s return to head coaching after taking a lesser role over the last decade so she could watch her children grow and have the opportunity to attend their games and practices as they continued their own sports careers. She now has two daughters in college playing volleyball — Sabrina Degnan will be starting her senior year for Occidental in the fall and Taylor Degnan just recently committed to her mother’s own alma mater and will be coaching her third, Kylee, who started for the Hounds last season and earned all-league honorable mention honors.
Degnan’s first time coaching the Hounds came in the 2006 and 2007 seasons after she spent five years coaching the junior varsity team. In her two years, the Hounds went 10-14-1 in the PAC 8.
Being from Atascadero and being raised in this area is something Degnan is proud of. “Being a Greyhounds is so special to me,” she said. “It’s ingrained in you from the first day you step on the campus and it stays with you for life.”
Meggie DeQuatro will serve as Degnan’s assistant coach and Megan Schultz will take over as the Hounds JV coach while Christina Silva will take over as the freshman coach next year.