Darren Doyle, story and photo
ECHS Principal Tommy Hodges announced Haley Garmon today as the new head volleyball coach for the Lady Cats for the 2016 season.
Coach Garmon served as an assistant and freshmen coach this past season and received a huge round of applause from the team at the announcement today at the school. The players were unaware of Coach Garmon's new role until today.
Last year's coach Brad Sullivan resigned earlier this year upon completion of the 2015 season. He was head coach for one season.
Although this year's team fell in the district finals, it was still very positive with a 25-11 finish, but next year's team will be without seven seniors.
"I like what we have to work with," said Coach Garmon. "Obviously, we lost several seniors this year, but we've also got some talented girls coming back."
When asked about upcoming goals for next season, the first thing she said was "There hasn't really been a lot of structure in the past. This team will be more disciplined. We're going to be a high-intensity team, and we're going to be in shape."
Garmon is a 2006 graduate of ECHS and played volleyball all four years. Her husband, Jeremy Garmon, is the Lady Cat Head Softball Coach.
"Last year we didn't know how to finish," she said. "We were a solid team and did some great things, but we just couldn't seem to finish when we needed to. We'll finish next season."
Garmon has already begun putting things together, scheduling practices and conditioning, looking into team camps, and discussing various scenarios with WKU Head Coach Travis Hudson, another ECHS alumni.
She's already coordinated with the volleyball booster club about beginning fundraising immediately.
"I love these kids and I love volleyball," she said with a big smile. "I'm excited and we want everyone to expect big things."