The WCS Athletic Department has hired the coaching staff for the 2020-2021 volleyball season. Britney O’Hara will be the head coach, assisted by Hannah Anderson and Randi Stroud.
Ms. O’Hara’s volleyball experience started as a student at Wayne Christian when she began playing in 7th grade. She played all through high school and started to play for a travel team as well during high school. After graduating high school, she played volleyball at Lenoir Community College for two years. “I had expected that to be the closing of the chapter of me playing collegiate sports,” she says, “but the Lord had other plans.” She decided to go back to school at a Bible college to get a degree in education. While at Trinity College of Florida, she played the remaining two years of college eligibility. The final year that she was in school, she was the head of the volleyball program at the local YMCA.
Last year, Ms. O’Hara returned to WCS to teach fourth grade and started her coaching career as Mrs. Brenner’s assistant coach for varsity and head coach of the middle school team. Ms. O’Hara says “It was such a great experience and I am looking forward to another great season. My excitement for coaching volleyball at WCS is a combination of gratitude to have the opportunity to give back and pour into the same program that made such a impact on my life as well as the joy of being able to work alongside Hannah and Randi as we spend quality hours with the team.”
Mrs. Anderson, who will assist coaching the varsity team and be the head coach of the middle school team, says that her volleyball memories start around 3rd grade when she and her friends would play over the monkey bars at recess after learning some volleyball basics at their school’s elementary “all sports camp”. She played organized volleyball on her school team all through middle school and high school, as well as some intramural sand and court volleyball during college. Her first coaching experience came in the Summer/ Fall before her junior year of college when she served as the assistant coach for her high school’s volleyball program. She has also coached both rec teams and club teams in Sioux Falls, SD, and Kansas City, KS. Mrs. Anderson says “I am now very excited to get back to a school program and invest in the program here at WCS!”\
Mrs. Stroud does not have much volleyball-specific training, although she has been certified as a personal trainer through the International Sports Science Association and brings 5 years of experience as a coach, personal trainer, and fitness instructor. Last school year, she volunteered as an assistant coach with the middle school volleyball team, and she coached the varsity girls’ soccer team. She says “I enjoy sports and fitness, and I fell in love with coaching when volunteering as coaching gives me an opportunity to share the love of God with the girls on my team.”