The Sulphur Springs volleyball program will have a new leader, but one they’ve known for a while.
Michelle Namanny was promoted from assistant coach to head coach.
David Carrillo, head coach last year, will return to being an assistant.
Carrillo is currently the head softball coach, a post he has served in for several years.
Eric Buck retired from coaching and was replaced on the volleyball staff by Jerrod Hammack. Hammack will also continue in his duties as head boys baseball coach.
“I feel so blessed to be taking over as head coach of the Lady Cat volleyball program,” Namanny said. “After spending my first year at Sulphur Springs coaching the junior varsity team, I have had time to get to know all of our young ladies in the program and build relationships with them. We have some amazing girls who have a genuine passion for the game and work very hard. It will be exciting to see how we grow as a team on the court this season.”
Carrillo said he was glad to step back to an assistant role and let Namanny be in charge.
“Michelle is just great. She will do a fantastic job, I saw that from her last year,” Carrillo said. “I am still going to be an assistant. But this allows her to put in the time needed to run the program. It also frees me up to have more time for softball and my classes.”
The team has all-district players in Destiny Wade and Kasey Moore returning.
Namanny said, “I am very excited to work with both coach Carrillo and coach Hammack and think they will contribute a lot to our program's success. As well as volleyball knowledge, they bring with them the ability to develop successful programs and understand how to bring a group of young athletes together. With their successes in their respective sports, both Carrillo and Hammack understand what it takes to take a team to the next level. This volleyball program needs a group of coaches who have the drive and knowledge base to do just that.”
The coach added, “Our team has a lot of potential to be successful in district play this season. As far as my goals for the year are concerned, I'm looking to finish in the top three in the district and take the Lady Cats into post-season play. We have 11 returning players from last year's varsity team, and I think we will see a lot of growth and determination from them on the court. We also have some younger players who I think will push our upperclassmen and help us grow daily. They are motivated to work hard, and so am I. We will be a different team this year, and I think a lot of that will depend on the kind of work we put in the gym during our preseason.”
Varsity practice will be held 9 a.m. until noon and 1-3 p.m. beginning Monday.
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