Coaching in UT volleyball assistant's blood

- Kids don't always follow in their parents' footsteps, and what dad does for work usually doesn't work with his children.

That's not the story for the Koetter family. Kaylee Koetter, daughter of recently named Buccaneers Head Coach, Dirk Koetter is following in her father's footsteps. 

"I don't even think I thought about it at all," Kaylee said. "It never crossed my mind."

Kaylee never had to think about it, because it's always been who she is. As a player for the University of Tampa from 2010 to 2014, her teammates looked to her for guidance.

"I was definitely not an impact player," Kaylee recalled. "I didn't start. I was a leader in the film room. We had an All-American middle that was like, 'Kaylee, give me your scouting report.'"

Even from a distance, Kaylee's parents could already hear a coach in her voice.

"I would talk to my dad on the phone and my mom would tell me the next day that he got off the phone with me and was like, 'Wow, it's crazy how much of a coach Kaylee sounds like,'" Kaylee said.

"I think it's natural for her," said UT Head Volleyball Coach Chris Catanach. "You say it's in her bloodlines, but I think growing up with her dad, she thinks that way."

Some may think Kaylee followed in her dad's footsteps, but she didn't. In fact, he followed her to Tampa.

After her UT graduation in May, 2014, she moved to New York City for a marketing internship. Two weeks in, Kaylee knew she would miss volleyball and coaching. She called Coach Catanach, who said he had a spot as an assistant on his staff.

In November, she was back in Tampa. Two months later, the Bucs hired Koetter as their offensive coordinator.

Reunited with her family, Kaylee is relishing the moment as she works her way up to fulfilling her goal of becoming a college volleyball coach.

"I just wouldn't change any of it," said Kaylee.

"It's definitely really surreal. I'm just enjoying every second of it because hopefully, again, I am going to start moving up that ladder and who knows where that will take me," Kaylee said.

Working just a few miles away from her dad, these days, Kaylee said there's a new closeness between them. Generation after generation, the Koetters have become coaches.

When Dirk Koetter was promoted to head coach of the Bucs in January, he said he grew up wanting to be his dad, from the time he was very little. Koetter's father was also a high school and college coach.

It was in his blood, and Kaylee knows the feeling. 

"My dad would say about him and his dad," said Kaylee. "I said that it never even crossed my mind, but as soon as I got into it and really enjoyed it, I knew that it is."

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