Brynna Williamson • Staff Editor
UT Tyler’s Women’s Volleyball team values teamwork, unity, and the concept of family, which is further strengthened by the married couple that serve as the leading foundation: Lyndsay and Kris Mashe.
In an interesting twist on conventional standards, Lyndsay is the Head Coach, while Kris is the Assistant Coach.
“We’re a good team, both at home and coaching together,” explained Lyndsay. “I don’t see it as one being more ‘bossy’ than the other… we are able to bounce things off each other really well.”
Though there are differences in personal styles of coaching, both Lyndsay and Kris agree that overall not many serious conflicts come up. Because they’re so similar, they say, it is not difficult to talk things through and make them work.
“She’s a little more calm than I am, I think….I think that’s part of being a male though. Cause’ there’s a lot of male coaches that get a little more agitated, but I still love [the players] at the end of the day, [and] that’s just kinda part of it.” said Kris.
While the placing of authority doesn’t necessarily bother Kris, he was quick to point out that in the event of a conflict of opinion on the field, Lyndsay, as the Head Coach, will always have the end decision.
“Well she overrides everything, so if there’s [a conflict of opinion], that’s her final say.” said Kris.
Mutual respect is integral to the team as they were quick to give each other credit and responsibility as regards their jobs and positions.
“We’re on the same team,” said Lyndsay. “Honestly we talk things out…overall we’re pretty much on the same page about a lot of things.”
Because they are often in sync, the pair says that working together is not as difficult as some might think.
“She [is] hard to deal with.” joked Kris.
Lyndsay added, “We’re very passionate about volleyball and about winning, and just about our program and our players, [so] that common goal to be good and to win…makes it easier for us to work together for sure.”
While the Mashes have not always coached at UT Tyler, volleyball was just as important to them in their early days as it is to them now.
Interestingly, volleyball is not only what they now teach but it is also what allowed them to meet, become friends, and eventually get married.
After marriage, Lyndsay was offered a position at East Texas Baptist University as their head coach; here, she says, the college was looking for an assistant coach, and a colleague recommended Kris.
“When I went home and we spoke about that, that’s when we were like ‘how fun would this be?’” said Lyndsay.
Overall, Lyndsay and Kris really enjoy working together. Although it’s not always perfectly easy, they are able to use their mutual friendship, similarities, and professionalism to make things work smoothly and allow them to be fun.
According to Lyndsay, “When you love the sport and love coaching, it works… overall it’s really, really fun.”