High School Sports

Mount Baker hires former Mount Vernon star as volleyball coach

Mount Baker High School hired former Mount Vernon standout Caitlin Gusa as volleyball coach, the school announced Thursday, July 7.

Gusa takes over for Paige Huttula, who led the Mountaineers to a 4-26 mark during her two seasons at the helm.

Though this will be her first time as a head coach of a high school program, Gusa, who earned her master’s of education in athletic coaching from North Central University in Minnesota, has coached in a number of different capacities. She began as an assistant at Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High School and spent a year as the lead assistant at Ventura College, before coaching three years at the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy and as an assistant at Louisville High School during the 2014-15 season. After returning to the Pacific Northwest, she coached the U15 Mizuno team and was the director of marketing and youth programs at the Washington Volleyball Academy in Lynnwood.

While at Mount Vernon, Gusa was selected first-team All-Northwest Conference as a senior, when she led the Bulldogs to the state tournament. She also played at California Lutheran University for three years.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to return to my neck of the woods as a head coach,” Gusa said in a news release. “I understand the challenges ahead, but look forward to building a legacy at Mount Baker.”