Nathan joins State High volleyball program
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE chance to be involved in the well-respected Gladstone State High School of Excellence (SOE) volleyball program has brought Nathan Tessier to the harbour city.
A former Australian junior representative, Tessier has fitted into his new job at Gladstone High with ease and is excited about working with the elite volleyball program.
'The first few weeks have been great,' Tessier said. 'Gladstone is a good place to be and I am looking to work hard with the volleyball program.
'The program has an excellent reputation in volleyball circles and I am happy to be part of it in Gladstone.'
He started playing volleyball in Toowoomba at the age of 12 and had a fine junior career, becoming a state and national player before heading to university.
'I had a very enjoyable junior career and really all those good experiences have helped me with my coaching so far,' he said.
Tessier comes to Gladstone from Nanango where he spent four years teaching at the local high school and was in charge of their volleyball program.
'The time I had in Nanango was good fun, but I was ready to go when the chance to come here presented itself,' he said. And he is looking to stay in the harbour city for a while.
'After four years in Nanango, I am looking forward to being in Gladstone where there is plenty to do for a few years hopefully,' he said.
And Tessier's involvement is also exciting School of Excellence head coach Brian van der Weide who is overjoyed to have him in the volleyball program.
'Nathan is going to be a fantastic acquisition for us,' van der Weide said.
'He is someone with plenty of elite experience and who is already adding to our program.'