Leadership comes in different packages

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Volleyball coach Christy Johnson-Lynch appears calm, composed and level-headed no matter the situation. Paul Rhoads, the football boss, is excitable, intense and emotional.

With those characteristics as backdrop, it was interesting Monday to hear the coaches describe two of their key players and potential leaders for 2011.

Rhoads was asked about first-year starting quarterback Steele Jantz.

“He has the personality that indicates he’ll be unflappable,” Rhoads said. “He’s the same guy every day. Never too high, never too low. He’s a one-play-at-a-time guy.”

The book on Jantz reads calm, composed and level-headed.

When Johnson-Lynch took the microphone she shared insight about Kristen Hahn, her new libero and the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.

“She’s got that libero personality,” Johnson-Lynch said. “High energy and kind of a sparkplug type player. That’s what she is naturally and that is the type of personality to really excel at the position (libero).”

In other words, she is excitable, intense and emotional.

Jantz and Hahn are two Cyclones in their first seasons as starters. Although their approaches are different, their coaches are confident in their leadership qualities. It’s a tale of contrast that will, hopefully, lead to many wins this fall.

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