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UC’s new team, coach taking lessons together

UC’s new team, coach taking lessons together
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Both the Union City High School volleyball program and its first coach will start from ground zero.
Angie Searcy, a kindergarten teacher who has never before coached in the athletic realm, has been named the pioneer head coach of the program that will play its first-ever matches in August.
Searcy, a 35-year-old 1995 graduate of UCHS where she was a cheerleader, was chosen for the position by Union City High School Principal/Athletic Director Wes Kennedy.
“I’m excited that Coach Searcy is excited about this opportunity and there’s no question I have great confidence in her as the person to lead us into this new endeavor,” Kennedy told The Messenger.
Despite her obvious inexperience, Searcy — who claimed she’s played the sport on a recreational level — said she’s looking forward to being in on the foundation of a program that will be one of two new ones added to the Tornado athletics calendar for the 2012-13 school year.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to be in on something new and exciting,” the mother of three and wife of local businessman Brian Searcy said earlier this week. “There were around 70 girls to sign up, so that shows you there’s interest of people wanting to be involved, and I’m looking forward to all the challenges of starting something from scratch and watching it grow.
“And while I don’t have any experience playing or coaching, I am excited about growing the program and learning with the girls. It’ll be a learning experience for all of us. We might not know everything there is to know right off the bat, but I can promise, nobody is going to work as hard as I am at the job.”
Searcy added that she will be realistic in her expectations of the program in its early stages.
“Our top goal will be to be competitive as soon as we can,” the coach said. “The obviously will be some growing pains as there are anytime you start something new, and we might be overmatched against some of the schools who’ve had programs for several seasons.
“I hope we can get some teams on our schedule that we’ll be able to match up with early on. And I think we’ll be able to look back at the end of the first season and see how much improvement we made from our first practice until the end of the season. I believe next year at this time, we’ll be at a totally different place in the program with a year under our belts.”
Searcy said she’d likely hold tryouts for the team in late July or early August, finalizing a squad of around 14 players.
Union City will open its inaugural season the third week of August.
She will be assisted by Trudi Collins, a special education teacher who also is a graduate of the UC school system.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by email at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 6.6.12

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