Normally, when a new coach walks onto the scene, there is a period of adjustment that is to be allowed. Not so with North Little Rock’s new head volleyball coach Leslie Joshua.
In fact, to a few Lady Charging Wildcats, it’s their old coach. Joshua has been a staple at Ridge Road Junior High and has also been waist deep in the Junior Olympic program in Central Arkansas as coach at Rock City for the last five seasons.
That not only makes Joshua a consensus favorite, it gives her the coaching chops needed to take on what she hopes will become a premier program.
Her job philosophy is it’s not a job.
"I love it," Joshua said. "It’s not like work for me."
Joshua’s last three years at Ridge Road came without a loss, and that talent is there with her at the high school level.
Joshua said that even though she is the varsity coach, she will continue to stay true to her roots working with the coaches at Ridge Road and Lakewood to develop her brand of winning volleyball. She will also remain involved in the Junior Olympic program.
"Have to get to them young," Joshua said. "Eventually, those will be my players."
She has 12 sophomores, four of which she says will start. Does that mean her team is in a rebuilding year? Yes and no.
"We intend to compete for a conference championship," Joshua said citing her team’s talent over their obvious lack of experience.
Three teams appear to stand between the Lady Charging Wildcats and first place. Jonesboro, Mountain Home and Cabot appear to have similar abilities to go along with title aspirations.
From there the 7A/6A-East is a virtual unknown.
After a team camp at Benton on Monday, the Lady Charging Wildcats will spend the rest of the week in two-a-day workouts.
"I think work breeds success," Joshua said.
For the Lady Charging Wildcats, a new coach doesn’t necessarily mean new coach.