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Leadership Series continues Sunday for Steamboat Springs High School athletes

Luke Graham

Ryan Wood, Under Armour founding member, speaks to students in 2010 as part of the Steamboat Springs High School Leadership Series. The series, which begins its third year Sunday, task student athletes with creating goals for the season and discussing how to meet those goals.

— The Steamboat Springs High School athletic department will continue its Leadership Series on Sunday with the Western State College volleyball team.

The series, in its third year, brings in success-driven people prior to the start of each sports season to talk to teams.

Past speakers have included Under Armour co-founder Ryan Wood, Steamboat Springs High School Principal Kevin Taulman and leadership speaker Kyle Craig, among others.

"I think it's one of the most important things we do," Steamboat Springs Athletic Director Luke DeWolfe said. "It's developing those leadership traits and creating positive peer culture. It's allowing kids to get very clear expectations of their coaches. They create stronger teams and better dialect between players and coaches."

Coaches, players and captains are invited to the series in the hopes that what they learn will extend beyond the coin flip before a game.

Series speakers discuss what leadership means and how to exhibit it. From there, athletes and teams break into small groups to set goals for the season and determine the best ways to achieve those goals.

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The Western State volleyball team was in town for a team-building camp of its own. DeWolfe said the connection was natural.

Western State's head volleyball coach is former Steamboat Springs High School graduate Katie Moskowitz. Her father, famed Steamboat coach Kelly Meek, also is an assistant volleyball coach. Katie's husband, Mike Moskowitz, also is the men's basketball coach at Western State.

"I think having the connection to Western State made it a logical choice," DeWolfe said.

The hope, DeWolfe said, is that Sunday's presentation lays the foundation for a successful fall sports season.

"I think it's a good starting point for our teams," he said. "It begins with what expectations are. It sets how our captains behave on and off the field. Those are all things that are important and discussed during these leadership talks."

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