Allyson Collette is the new girls volleyball varsity coach at Wareham High

Allyson Collette knows what it takes to elevate a program.

She was part of Old Rochester’s transformation from an average volleyball team in 2018 to a state championship caliber squad last fall.

“Just how we tried each year to change the attitude of the team and the whole program,” she said of the progress ORR made on the way to winning the 2021 Div. 3 state titles. “Last year’s team wasn’t just good volleyball players. They had a great attitude. I hope that can happen at Wareham.”

This fall Collette takes over a struggling Wareham team that didn’t win a game in 2021.

As a first-year head coach, her focus will be providing the consistency needed to build up the program.

“When I was in high school I was on a basketball team that didn’t win a game for years. People would play and leave and we had so many different coaches,” she said. “I hope I can stay at Wareham and be consistent. I know a couple of the girls play club so getting more kids to play in the offseason and stick around is key to growing the program.”

Wareham athletic director Ed Rodrigues said Collette brings passion and experience to the team.

“She was a JV coach on a team that won a state championship. You get a lot of experience through that,” he said. “She knows what it takes to win. She seems like she wants to work hard. Her goal is to build the program up and start winning some matches. We’re excited to have her.”

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Collette said leaving her JV coaching position at Old Rochester after five years was bittersweet.

“It was hard to leave ORR because we have a good team and we had a lot coming back, but the dream is always to have a head coach job,” she said. “I thought this would be a cool challenge. I thought it would be great to see what I could do. Wareham is strong in girls tennis and girls track. Hopefully we can build up the volleyball program too.

“The girls aren’t going to turn it around in one year, but I want them to be interested in volleyball and enjoy volleyball and that will translate into other sports.”

The 27-year-old Collette has always wanted to coach volleyball, dating back to her days of playing libero for Dennis-Yarmouth in the early 2010s.

“I knew I wanted to coach volleyball,” she said. “That’s part of the reason why I got into teaching.

“It’s a fun sport. My friends and I still play all the time.”

After graduating from DY in 2013, Collette went to Salve Regina University, where she played one season of volleyball.

Following her graduation from Salve in 2017, Collette got a job teaching math at Fairhaven High and became an assistant volleyball coach at Old Rochester.

“The opportunity to coach and see everyone play sports outside of school as well is a big part of it,” she said.

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