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Coffee Middle School approaches school board about adding volleyball team

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

Coffee County Middle School athletic director Kyle Harris made a presentation to the Coffee County School Board Monday asking for the addition of a volleyball program at Coffee County Middle School.

No action was taken as it was just a presentation, but Harris said a decision would need to be made around March.

File photo - Hayley Banks serves the ball for Central High School this fall. Coffee County Middle School is hoping to add a volleyball team to help feed the volleyball program at the high school.

“We feel like this is a sport to bring us into the future,” said Harris. “Several middle schools started picking this up and we feel like it is time.”

Funding the program will be the obvious hurdle for the board. Harris’ proposal calls for $7,000 in start-up costs to fund netting, poles, a referee stand, floor striping and uniforms. Additionally, Harris requested a $2,000 annual funding increase to the athletic budget and funding for two coaches. The head coach would cost eight-percent of a starting teacher’s salary and the assistant coach would cost five percent.

“I’ve spoken with athletic director [Richard] Skipper at the high school and we expect this to be a smooth transition”

Central High School began a volleyball program in the fall of 2006 and won its lone district championship in 2007. The addition of a middle school team would benefit the high school program, said Harris.

Read the complete story in this week’s (Dec. 12) print edition of the Manchester Times