Dawson Community College’s new assistant volleyball coach says he was born to play volleyball. “I don’t know where the passion came from, it just came,” said Jesse Wesley, who started last week as an assistant to coach John Marble. “It’s just something I’ve always loved ever since I saw people playing on the beach.”
Wesley grew up in San Diego, Calif., where he served as the captain of his high school volleyball team. He went on to play as a collegiate middle blocker, first for the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and then San Diego Mesa College. His coaching career began as an assistant at the Air Force Academy in 1992 and has taken him to a number of positions in California, and, most recently, Oklahoma, coaching high school and club teams. With an education in communications, Wesley said he has been somewhat nomadic, following radio broadcasting jobs. It was volleyball, however, that brought him to Glendive.
“I saw the posting online and responded to it,” he said. Wesley had never been to Glendive before and after a couple of months of consideration and research, moved to town just last week, sight unseen. “I’ve seen lots of signs pointing in this direction,” he said. “I just really feel like this is where I was supposed to be.” Wesley said coming to eastern Montana has given him a good opportunity to get back in to the collegiate volleyball scene, something he has been looking to do for a while. “My heart just kind of churned for it,” he said, adding that he is excited to be a part of the program Marble started last year.
DCC volleyball begins its second season in August. “I think he’s on to something really big here,” Wesley said. “Coach Marble is intelligent and he knows his volleyball, and I’m going to learn some things from him. I honestly think something big is going to happen here.” With his own experience and knowledge of the game, Wesley said he hopes to be a big contributor in the gym and take some of the burden off of Marble’s shoulders. “My knowledge of the game is pretty solid,” he said. “Anything he’d have me do, it’d be done almost as if he’s doing it.”
Marble said he is excited to have Wesley on board. “Jesse brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the program,” he said. “He is enthusiastic and passionate about the game.” Players report for training camp Aug 2 and Wesley said he looks forward to the start of the season and the chance to travel with the team to compete against schools around Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. “I’m really excited,” he said. “I enjoy being a part of people’s lives and helping to develop who someone is.” While Glendive is considerably smaller than many of the cities he has lived in, Wesley said he has a certain sense of peace about the town. “I feel this is a place I can be and raise a family,” he said. “It seems like a safe environment. “I’m glad to be here.”
By Melissa Smith