Not long ago, Katie Powell was an offensive leader for the Bowling Green Lady Bobcats volleyball program as the team’s outside hitter.
More recently the former all-conference volleyball player served as the volunteer coach of the Pike County Crush Volleyball team and as an assistant coach for the Lady Bobcats Volleyball team.
Next fall, the 2010 BGHS graduate will return to the sidelines of the high school gymnasium, but this time as the head coach of the program.
“It is really exciting for me,” Powell said on Monday during an interview. “Mostly because I know what it is like to be a player here. I have been in their shoes. I know what it is like to get to play in front of your parents, grandparents, and all of your family, I loved that.”
Powell inherits a program that generated lots of excitement last season before losing in the first round of district playoffs.
The new head coach said she is hopeful that with a few changes in the team’s training regiment, that the team can have a different result this season.
“Last year, the juniors were really close to the seniors who will graduate and so to lose like that in districts, left a really bad taste in their mouths,” Powell said. The new head coach said she anticipates that the ‘bad taste in their mouths’ will fuel the team’s off-season work-outs and trainings.
One thing the new coach said they needed to work on was mental toughness.
“One thing that I am hoping to change is to get the girls to play point-by-point,” Powell said. “Last season, I felt like if we got down by three points that we gave up. I want us to focus not on the score, but just on getting that next point. Then, the point after that.”
Practices for the Lady Bobcats begin on August 1 and Powell said she is ready to hit the ground running.
“We are going to be spending some time working on our skills, on getting stronger and faster.”