The year 2012 was a key part of the 1985 motion picture Back to the Future.
Eight months into the 12th year of this new millennium, the Millington Lady Trojan Volleyball team has taken on the role of Marty McFly in the DeLorean going back in time.
Lisa Drumm has been handed the keys to the car again to lead the Lady Trojans entering the 2012 season. From 1999 to 2002, Drumm was the head coach of Millington winning the 2000 District 14-3A Coach of the Year. After a 10-year absence Drumm is back in charge.
“It’s exciting because we’re walking into a situation where we have some very talented young ladies,” Drumm said. “We’re just hoping to do our best with the program and reach our ultimate goals.
“We just attended a team camp that was hosted by The University of Memphis and Rhodes College,” she added. “We saw some really great things out there. So we have some high hopes for the young ladies this season.”
When Drumm refers to we, she means her assistant Connie Thompson and volunteer coach Dana Beckmann. Thompson is a name from the past coaching basketball at Millington in 2000.
And Beckmann was a defensive specialist for the Lady Trojans graduating three years ago. She now plays college volleyball in Arkansas.
During her break, she came over to help Drumm and Thompson work on the defense of the varsity squad.
“We have a lot support coming our way from faculty members, administrators, former graduated of MCHS and we have a very strong parental support,” Drumm said. “That’s going to make a huge difference. We have everyone working toward one goal. And that will make a difference for the success of our girls.”
On the court Drumm said players like Elizabeth Woodard, Tierra Ford, Jaymie Chism, Sierra Williams and Sierra Ferguson will be some of the difference makers. Those were some of the key players in Millington’s upset of Bolton in last year’s District 14-3A Tournament.
Drumm said that winning experience will only help her team as it approaches the new season.
“I hope what they’ll see is a team full of young ladies working as one,” she said. “We really want to emphasis team and the importance of everyone working together on the same page.
“If they put in the work they need to put in and improve their skills, they can accomplish whatever they want to accomplish,” Drumm continued. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work.”
Drumm remembers teams like Bartlett and Cordova being competitive 10 years ago. Those teams are still around making noise. And the new team on the block Arlington has been a regular in Regionals in recent years.
“Everybody we’ve playing has good programs, good coaches and good athletes,” she said. “So it’s going to be tough. That’s why they have to work very hard.”
With her second go around as head volleyball coach, Drumm said her team will not look back into the past but focus on the moving forward as a program.
” What we’re going to focus on now instead of putting plaques on the wall is just working extremely hard,” she concluded, “and reaching our own goals we’re going to set for ourselves.”