MOORHEAD — Faith Dooley hears the chatter. She's too young. No coaching experience. How can she coach a college team?
That chatter seems to spur on the former University of North Dakota all-conference player. Dooley was hired April 2 to be the sixth head coach of the Concordia College volleyball team.
Dooley is working on her master's degree in exercise physiology while now assuming coaching responsibilities in Moorhead.
"People think what they want to think, I'm confident in what my abilities are and I strive to be what I want to be. I'm a learner, I like to learn new things and I learn quick." Dooley said.
Dooley's abilities on the volleyball court were unmatched. She was a four-time all-Big Sky selection at UND, helping the Fighting Hawks to two NCAA tournament appearances. She was the tournament MVP in her junior and senior seasons and became the first UND player to earn all-conference honors all four seasons.
After her volleyball days were done, she used her remaining eligibility on the basketball floor, playing basketball for UND.
Dooley knows she'll need help on some things and it isn't afraid to ask for it.
"The things that some people might doubt, my recruiting abilities or things like that I'll make up for. I'll find the answers if I don't know them and I'll definitely grow into my position. I am young, I get that and there's a lot that I have to learn, so to those people I guess they can think what they want to, I'm going to fulfill my goals." Dooley said.
If there's anyone who doubts what Dooley can do, she's eager to prove them wrong.