After making the drive up to Jacksonville from Rusk for the past five years, Billie Walley said that it was time to make a change.
Walley will be leaving Jacksonville High School, where she served as head volleyball coach and assistant softball coach, to take over as mentor of Rusk's Lady Eagle volleyball program.
“I live one mile from Rusk High School, so for that reason I am glad to be going back home,” Walley said.
Walley has grown Fightin' Maiden volleyball over the past five seasons and she says that who ever takes over for her will see a full cupboard, even though the Maidens' graduation losses were extensive.
“We did graduate several seniors, but the neat thing is we have so many talented young girls coming up,” she said. “I'm excited for the future of Fightin' Maiden volleyball and I think that the new coach will have some talented players to work with.”
Walley said she was particularly pleased with how many of the girls have been faithfully attending summer volleyball camps and the fact that some have also been playing on the club team circuit.
Walley will be taking over for Cheryl Parsley at Rusk.