Intel Specialist to Coach All-Air Force Volleyball Team
By Tech Sgt Sarah Pokorney, 124th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 20, 2009
GOWEN FIELD, Boise, Idaho -- An A-10 Intelligence Specialist from the 124th operations Support Flight here was selected March 26 to serve as assistant head coach for the 2009 All-Air Force Women's Volleyball team.
Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Barrows is one of 23 coaches and players who was selected for the trials, which begins in May. Barrows is the only one representing the Air National Guard.
"This is an awesome opportunity to represent the (Air National Guard) and the 124th Wing alongside all of the active-duty players," Barrows said.
The biggest challenge during the trials is getting the team up to speed and ready to compete in a short three-week period, he said.
Following the trials, Barrows and the All-Air Force Team will travel to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., to compete with teams from the other branches of the military at the 2009 Armed Forces Women's Volleyball Championship, June 3-10.
The champions will move on to compete in an international military competition in Brazil that Barrows described as being like the Olympics of the military.
Barrow's interest in volleyball began in his youth playing the big island sport in Hawaii. For the last seven years he has coached high school and club volleyball, most recently at Borah High School in Boise. For the last year he has also been a volunteer assistant coach for the Boise State University women's volleyball team.