Athletic Director Steve Barlow announced Friday, June 9, that Central Wyoming College has hired a new volleyball coach. After an extensive search, Darshaya Gallard, the former assistant coach at Seward County Community College, has been hired to lead the Rustler Volleyball team.
"We are very fortunate to have someone of Darshaya's caliber coming to CWC," said Barlow. "She has either played or coached at every level, including professionally. With that knowledge and experience, she will be able to build a winning program for our girls."
Barlow referenced Gallard's impressive resume, which includes an extensive player career that began as a middle blocker at Barton County Community College. From there she received a full ride scholarship to NCAA Division II Fort Hays State University in Kansas where she played under Coach Jesse Mahoney who now coaches at the University of Colorado Boulder. Gallard went on to play professionally in the international circuit for six years in Sweden, Germany, and France before her career was ended with an unfortunate injury. She also spent time training on the beach volleyball court in southern California. In nearly all of her teams, she served in a captain role or as a team leader.
In 2015, Gallard assumed her first full time coaching role as the assistant coach at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kansas where she led her team to a sixth place finish in the Division II Junior College Tournament. In 2016, as the assistant coach at Seward County Community College, the Saints finished 11th in the nation in the Division I Junior College Tournament.
Gallard also holds a bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Nevada Reno and is on track to receive her master's degree in Social Work from Western New Mexico University in August 2017.
"I am really looking forward to building a strong foundation with the girls and growing the program from where it is now," said Gallard. "I want them to walk away from the court feeling proud of themselves and confident in their game. Since I am from a rural area, I enjoy the small town lifestyle. I feel the community of Riverton and surrounding areas are highly supportive and involved with Central Wyoming College and their athletic department and I am excited to be included in this family environment. "