Foley High School has announced that Lauren Walker will be the new girls’ head volleyball coach, assisted by coach Jillie Prater.
A meet and greet for the volleyball coaches will be held Thursday, May 7th, at 7 PM in the Foley High School library. Following the meet and greet, there will be a mandatory meeting for parents of those students who will be playing volleyball.
Coach Walker will discuss plans for tryouts, summer workouts, and other important items at this meeting.
We sat down with Coach Walker and asked her about herself and her plans for the team.
How excited are you to be the new volleyball coach?
-I am very excited for this opportunity and for this upcoming season!
What classes do you teach at Foley?
-9th grade Career Prep.
Where did you go to college, and what did you major in?
-I was a student athlete and played basketball for the University of South Alabama from 2008-2012. I played all 4 years for the Lady Jaguars. My major is Physical & Health Education.
How has your competitive spirit helped you in life?
-My high competitive level not only has given me success in playing sports but has also taught me discipline, structure, and leadership.
Did you play sports in high school? How old were you when you decided to teach sports?
-I played three sports in high school; basketball, golf, & track. My first coaching job was at the age of 22.
Who will be helping you with the team next year?
-My assistant coach is Jillie Prater.
Did you have any teachers or adults who influenced you?
-First, my dad was a big influence in my life because he taught me to push my limits as an athlete while developing my fundamentals.
-Secondly, my collegiate coach, Rick Pietri, for installing discipline and structure in his athletes. The combinations of these two coaching techniques have guided me to my own coaching style for my athletes.
How competitive will the volleyball team be next year?
-We will be working hard on the court and in the weight room to produce a competitive team against all our opponents. Our heart and dedication will stand out against everyone.