Source: Williamson Herald
Posted: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 3:39 pm
By Charles Pulliam
Ravenwood High School announced the hiring of Abbey West as the new head volleyball coach Tuesday. That's not a bad birthday present for the new coach, who has been affiliated with Williamson County volleyball for several years.
West, who turned 38 Tuesday, succeeds Wendy Munzel. Munzel stepped down from the program earlier this year.
"I'm really excited about this opportunity and looking forward to getting started with the kids," West said. "I think (Ravenwood) is in a bit of a rebuilding moment, but I think we are in a really good spot.”
West moved to Columbia from California about four years ago, but first learned of Williamson County volleyball around 2008 through USA Volleyball.
West said she worked with former Ravenwood standout Madelyn Hutson, who went on to win a NCAA title at Texas before transferring to Saint Mary's. When West became affiliated with Alliance programs, she coached Madelyn’s younger sister Kathryn. Kathryn, or Kat, will be a senior at Alabama this upcoming season and won three straight Class AAA state titles with Ravenwood from 2010-12. Rival Brentwood has owned the court with four straight championships currently as the county has continued to produce state champions.
“A lot of the kids in the area I’ve worked with previously through Alliance,” said West, who has worked as the Operations Manager for Alliance Volleyball since 2013.
Per TSSAA rules, some of her roles will likely change due to coaching guidelines outside of season, but West is ready to join the Ravenwood community.
“We have great support here,” she said.
She has 17 years of coaching experience with more than a decade spent coaching club and high school volleyball in the Southern California area. At Alliance she worked as a setters coach to go with several other coaching roles.
West played one season at Bethel University and has served with the USA Volleyball High Performance Programs as a head and assistant coach. In 2015, she was the lead evaluator at multiple tryouts across the country and apprentice coach for the 2015 Youth National team.
West is one of two new hires for Williamson County volleyball this season. Last month, Franklin hired Caleb Norton to replace outgoing coach Amber Holzer.
Centennial is still looking for a replacement for Erin Diani-O’Day, who also stepped down this year.