Volleyball Team Coaching Staff Announced
Moore Leads the Way Forward
Newcomers, veterans to battle for positions
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The winningest sports program at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, the women’s volleyball team, has had a very productive off-season.
Head Coach Hank Moore, who has a string of seven consecutive berths in the Red River Athletic Conference post-season tournament, is rebuilding the Lady Lions. They have racked up winning regular season marks in six straight campaigns, and have advanced to nationals in the National Christian College Athletic Association in four of the past six seasons.
The team has become a fan favorite on campus, with vocal, appreciative fans that regularly pack half the Sheaffer Full Life Center, SAGU’s home court.
Heading into the 2011 fall season, SAGU has ten players returning from 2010, plus a pair of redshirts and a starter from the 2009 club. Coach Moore has indicated that five additional players will join the team when two-a-day practices begin in August.
The Lady Lions will have 18 players battling for 12 or 13 likely positions on the varsity roster, who compete in the RRAC as Division I members in the National Association of Intercollege Athletics (NAIA). The remaining players, according to Moore, will form an eight or nine member junior varsity squad who will have their own schedule.
Over the previous five campaigns, only the University of Texas at Brownsville has won more games than SAGU and Moore’s 123. The Ohio native has announced that Meredith Wendel will return for her second year as an Assistant Coach. Jordan Briggs, who graduated from Southwestern in the spring, has joined Wendel on the coaching staff. The two will have specific roles, including coaching the JV unit.
“With the return of Amanda Laney (2009 starter), we’ve added another good hitter who is also a good leader on and off the floor,” Coach Moore said recently. “We will have a strong line-up with very good back-up players.”
“This could be a very deep team,” he continued. “We are very excited about this group. I believe 2011 is going to be fun!”