MISSOULA — Hamilton has hired a new volleyball head coach, promoting assistant coach Jordan Carver.

“I’m really excited about it,” she told 406mtsports.com. “I’m ready to get in there and re-instill the love for the game. It seems like it’s kind of been lost.”

As for how Carver hopes to do that, she plans to share the passion she developed for the sport by playing four years of high school volleyball at Dillon.

“I think it’s just sharing my passion for volleyball with the girls and making positive relationships and creating that culture where kids want to buy in,” Carver said.

Carver has worked in the Hamilton school district for the past five years after graduating from the University of Montana. She was the junior varsity coach last year and the freshman coach the prior two seasons. She was a varsity assistant coach all of those years.

“I know Jordan’s a hard worker,” Hamilton athletic director Travis Blome told 406mtsports.com. “She’ll come in and really build those relationships with the kids. She’s been around us for five years, and we know what kind of work ethic she has. It’ll be important for her to come in and build relationships with all of them.”

Carver replaced Jodi Bush, who led Hamilton to a record of 19-25 overall, 8-12 in conference in her two years as the head coach. Bush had replaced DeEtte Monson, who went 2-17 in her 11th and final season in 2016.

With Hamilton coming off a 2-15 campaign, Carver knows she’ll have a challenge on her hands.

“I think it’s going to be a rebuilding year,” she said. “We have lots of girls coming back and a few that left us that were really good. I think it’ll be working to try to rebuild that team together. We’ll have some really good seniors. Emma Ellis was great this past year at hitter and setter. We’ll have quite a few sophomores back with playing time.”

Hamilton hasn’t qualified for the state tournament since the 2011 season. They finished 17-10 and took second in the Southwest A in 2017.

“It’s going to be an uphill battle for all of us,” Blome said. “If (Carver) comes in with the right mentality, it’ll be an enjoyable year for them. Hopefully she’ll build excitement in the program.”

Carver has also coached cheerleading for the past five years and teaches second grade at Daly Elementary in the Hamilton school district. Formerly Jordan Ferris, she’s the wife of Hamilton football head coach Bryce Carver, a former Montana Grizzlies wide receiver.

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Frank Gogola covers Griz football and prep sports for the Missoulian. Follow him on Twitter @FrankGogola or email him at Frank.Gogola@406mtsports.com.

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