Volleyball: Kelly resigns – Alvord volleyball coach departs for counseling job

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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A New Chapter

A NEW CHAPTER – Former Alvord volleyball coach Catherine Kelly looks on during a match in 2016. Kelly resigned last week, taking a counseling job in Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Alvord volleyball coach Catherine Kelly resigned last week to accept a counseling position at Decatur High School.

Kelly led the Lady Bulldogs to the playoffs in each of the past two seasons after reestablishing the volleyball program. Alvord went 16-17 last year.

“Those girls are like my own kids. It’s hard for me to let go of them,” Kelly said. “[This program] has really grown in four years. There is a great group of senior leaders coming up. It was not an easy decision at all.”

Kelly went back to school to complete her certification to be a counselor and said it is something that has always interested her.

“To me, counseling is a lot like coaching,” Kelly said. “You’re with those kids not just in the regular school day. You’re with them until midnight sometimes and six in the morning. I love that kind of mentor relationship. That’s why counseling is so appealing to me. As a coach, you do counsel.”

Kelly taught in Azle for five years before returning to her hometown in 2012. In addition to coaching volleyball, Kelly also coached discus and shot put in track.

Junior Christina Thomas finished eighth in 2A in the discus and won the district and area title in the event.

“[Kelly] is very important not only to our volleyball program, but Alvord High School and our total athletic program,” said athletic director Pete Hart. “She’s done a tremendous job with all of our students. To me, it’s a huge loss.”

Hart has already started taking applications for Kelly’s replacement and hopes to have the position filled as soon as possible.

He said there are more than 300 head or assistant volleyball coaching jobs currently open in Texas. In addition, volleyball season begins in the middle of August – less than two months away.

“To replace a head volleyball coach is going to be an ordeal,” Hart said. “This is not going to be very easy. There is such a huge demand for girls coaches across the state of Texas right now.”

Kelly said she is grateful she got the chance to return to Alvord and is confident the program is trending in the right direction.

“I just want to thank [the community] for the opportunity to come back and be a Lady Bulldog coach. That meant the world,” Kelly said. ‘I have a relationship with a lot of people in that town and I always will.”

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