Bill Hamiter is busy coaching, and the Heritage Hall volleyball team is busy winning.
The two just aren't in the same country right now.
Hamiter, the Chargers' head coach, is currently in London, coaching the United States sitting volleyball team as it prepares for the Paralympic Games.
Back home, Class 5A top-ranked Heritage Hall is making him proud, opening the season with 10 straight wins, thanks to the leadership of the team's lone senior, libero Carter Cloud.
“Carter has been very mature, which is important as our only senior,” said Dana Dobson, who is filling Hamiter's void as head coach while he's in London. “We have some juniors who have stepped up in their leadership to help her.
“If I could pick anyone to be in this situation, it would be Carter.”
With two freshmen in the starting lineup at key positions, Heritage Hall is one of the younger teams around.
“At first, our youth was definitely a concern of mine,” Cloud said. “But it hasn't shown so far. We beat Cascia Hall, who beat us last year in the state finals.
“We're young, but we're experienced. So far, it hasn't shown up as a weakness.”
In addition to upsetting then-No. 1 Cascia Hall in the finals of the Commandos' own tournament, the Chargers have wins over Christian Heritage, Bishop McGuinness, Westmoore and Mount St. Mary. They were scheduled to face Class 5A's No. 2 team, Tulsa Washington, on the road Tuesday night.
Hamiter guided the Chargers to three state titles before stepping down to focus on the national program, which he has been a part of since 2001. He returned to Heritage Hall last season.
“He definitely has a history at Heritage Hall,” Cloud said. “He brings a very comfortable aspect to the floor, and that's been very helpful with the younger players.”
And Dobson has worked hard to keep the team's focus positive during Hamiter's absence. He'll return in mid-September as the team is gearing up for the postseason.
“We've encouraged the players to see it as a benefit,” said Dobson, who is in her fourth year with the team. “We have different coaching styles, but the girls are still working just as hard, and they're staying positive.”