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Pedrojetti to coach Eagles

Lisa Pedrojetti was a three-sport standout for North Medford High in the early 1990s.

Now the 26-year-old Southern Oregon University graduate will attempt to use her varied sports background to turn around a slumping Eagle Point High volleyball program.

Pedrojetti became the fourth Eagle Point varsity volleyball coach in four years when she was named to that position Thursday.

Pedrojetti replaces Debi Jensen, whose team went 0-14 in the Southern Oregon Conference during her only season in 1998.

The program needs some stability, says Pedrojetti. I want to provide an atmosphere where we'll have an opportunity to win and be competitive this year.

The 1991 North Medford High graduate played volleyball, basketball and softball for the Black Tornado. She also played basketball and softball at George Fox College and basketball at SOU.

Pedrojetti played on North Medford's state consolation championship volleyball squad in 1990.

Pedrojetti's coaching experience includes stints as varsity basketball assistant at Crater, a varsity volleyball assistant at North Medford and club volleyball coach under North Medford coach Ron Beick.

Additionally, she's been a coach at the Bulldog Boxing Club and an exercise specialist at Superior Athletic Club.

I'm definitely going to start getting a club program developed working with younger girls at Eagle Point, says Pedrojetti. Any program starts at the bottom by developing skills with the younger girls. Basically coaching is caring about the kids and learning what it takes to motivate them.

Eagle Point athletic director Bob Bergen is pleased with landing Pedrojetti, who will be on the school's staff as a physical education teacher.

We're putting an added emphasis on girls sports and Lisa is going to be one of the building blocks, says Bergen. We want to make sure all our programs are equal and spend a lot of energy on each.

Bergen is impressed with Pedrojetti's background in sports, her high-octane personality and the fact she is well-known in the area.

She likes to win, adds Bergen, and she'll work extremely hard to get that done. On the level of athletics that she's been, she knows what it takes to win.