Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Plenty of New Coaches around the Wpial

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Plenty of New Coaches around the Wpial

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Kyle Turkalj was a member of the most recent Hempfield boys volleyball team to win a section title.

"I was a three-starter at Hempfield," said Turkalj, who graduated in 2010. "We won a section title my senior year. It was great to be a part of that. I was also voted to the section, WPIAL and PVCA all- star teams that year."

Turkalj has come full circle as he is now Hempfield's head coach.

"I served as Chris Dinkel's assistant last year so I'm familiar with the kids," Turkalj said. "That has made the transition to head coach a lot easier. Chris stepped down to spend more time with his family. He has three young kids."

Turkalj was a four-year starter at Thiel College, in two sports.

"I played volleyball and football, and I earned all-conference honors in both sports," Turkalj said. "Coaching at Hempfield is a chance for me to give back to my high school and the sport I've been playing for so many years."


Dayne Smith has taken over as head coach at Hopewell after spending the past three years as an assistant to Jon Jones.

"It's great to be coaching at my alma mater," said Smith, a 2010 Hopewell graduate. "I played volleyball, basketball and football. I started on the volleyball team my junior and senior year."

Smith has a family member as his assistant coach.

"My sister Aubre [Phillips] is my assistant," Smith said. "Aubre was a co-captain on Hopewell's 2004 girls team that won WPIAL and PIAA titles."

Smith is also attending Community College of Beaver County with hopes of finishing up a biology degree.

Steel Valley

Arica Smith, the new coach at Steel Valley, stepped away from one coaching job, then took on another.

"I decided to take a season off from coaching [girls] club volleyball since we were moving," said Smith, who works as a paramedic in Munhall. "We were looking for a house in Munhall when I heard Steel Valley was looking for a boys volleyball coach. I wasn't really looking for another coaching position, but decided to take on the challenge."

Smith has served as head girls coach at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic the past four seasons.

"I still plan on coaching the girls team at North Catholic," Smith said. …

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