Volleyball says goodbye to one coach, hello to another

by Sami Dugdale

As the year is coming to an end, the athletics programs are wrapping up their competitions and beginning to get ready for the spring season of next year. While this is an exciting task, the volleyball team is sad to say that this year was their last season with Coach Vickie Griffin, the head volleyball coach here at Bell.

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New head coach Jinni Walker and English teacher Lynda Lively wish Coach Vickie Griffin a heartfelt goodbye at the Bell retirement reception April 28.

After coaching for 39 years, Coach Griffin has decided that it’s time for retirement and to pass the L.D. Bell volleyball legacy onto another. The girls, while aware that her retirement would be coming up soon, were shocked when they heard Griffin would be leaving them.

  “We didn’t think we’d be in high school when she [retired],” said Erin Ruby, a junior member of the team.

But as they say, when one door closes, another opens. For the 2016-2017 season, the team is happy to welcome their new leader, Coach Jinni Walker, the current assistant coach and an English teacher here at Bell.

Because Coach Walker has been the JV coach for volleyball, having her as their new head coach won’t “shake the team too much,” said a few of the members.

Ruby says that the team is “excited to see what the new season will bring. We know we’re going to be in a tough district next season, but we’re hoping that with a new start, we’ll be able to grow as a team and accomplish more.”

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