Some of the top volleyball programs in the state have new head coaches heading into the season.
Hoover coach Chris Camper retired after 10 seasons with the Bucs and was replaced by Amanda Wood, who spent the past 10 seasons at James Clemens.
Shelby-Grace Mays took over James Clemens, moving from Mississippi’s Jackson Prep, while Huntsville-area rival Bob Jones hired former Athens assistant Jenny Jarrett, who was also an assistant with the Patriots from 2015-2019. Cassie Mullinax went from Bob Jones to Decatur.
April Marsh left Athens and was replaced by Whitley Berryhill.
Jamie Clendenin guided Donoho to three straight Class 1A championship games 2019-2021, winning titles in 2019 and 2021. He takes over Class 5A Sylacauga.
Anna Taylor is the new Donoho coach while Patrick Kritner returns for his second stint as Scottsboro volleyball coach.
Lexington veteran Melissa Hammond retired after 27 years heading the program with two state titles and more than 1,000 wins. Aubrey White is taken over for Hammond.
Also retiring was long-time West Point coach Regina Jones, replaced by Kate Kent.
Gordo starts its volleyball program this season with coach Erika Paulk.
See the list below for many of this season’s new coaches.
Volleyball coaching changes (was head coach at previous school)
Alabama Christian: Amber Hogan
Athens: Whitley Berryhill
Bob Jones: Jenny Jarrett
Brewbaker Tech: Amy Patterson
Briarwood Christian: Luann Causey
Chambers Academy: Morgan Pepper
Cordova: Faith Sims
Cornerstone Christian: Hannah Armstrong
Curry: Dana Waldrep
Dale County: Karie Striplin (Geneva County)
Decatur: Cassie Mullinax (Bob Jones)
Decatur Heritage: Ella Hillman
Donoho: Anna Taylor
Faith Christian: Avery Gowens
Gadsden City: Amanda Lewis (Helena)
Geneva County: Kaylin Faulk
Gordo: Erika Paulk
Helena: Faby Clark
Hoover: Amanda Wood (James Clemens)
Houston Academy: Chico Tran
James Clemens: Shelby-Grace Mays (Jackson Prep, Miss.)
LAMP: Mark Eubanks (Jeff Davis)
Lauderdale County: Hayley Gray
Lee-Huntsville: Destinee Lewis
Lexington: Aubrey White
Madison County: Valerie Hervy
Mars Hill Bible: Mary Brooke Shifflet
Mary Montgomery: Brea Williams
New Hope: Melissa Paul Gardner
Priceville: Emily Logan
Scottsboro: Patrick Kritner
Southside-Gadsden: Angie Reavis
Sylacauga: Jamie Clendenin (Donoho)
Tanner: Victoria Griggs
Theodore: Hannah Morris
West Point: Kate Kent
Wilson: Jordan Yerbey