I-70 volleyball coaches stay mostly the same
As the I-70 volleyball season fast approaches, it will be worth noting that a state champion stands among the conference's ranks at the start of 2016.
Santa Fe lost only one match while winning 36 in 2015, en route to a conference title, a district title and the first state title for head coach Kinsey Harms, knocking off New Haven in the Class 1 championship match last November.
Harms, who has reached the Final Four every year that she has coached the Lady Chiefs, is entering her sixth season in Alma and will look to bring home a fourth conference championship.
Leslie Basye remains the longest-tenured head coach in the conference, entering her ninth season at the helm of the Concordia Lady Orioles.
Concordia rolled up an impressive 27-5-2 record but finished second in the conference due to three losses to the Lady Chiefs, including one in the Class 1 District 14 championship match.
Katie Woolsey is prepping for her eighth season has the lead woman at Crest Ridge. Woolsey guided the Lady Cougars to 13 wins and a third-place finish in the I-70.
Aaron Marsh is back for a seventh season as the head coach of the Saint Paul Lady Saints. Saint Paul won 18 games and another Class 2 District 14 title, but the Lady Saints were ousted by Cole Camp in the sectional round of the state tournament.
Gerry MacLean is gearing up for a fourth season in charge of the Lone Jack Lady Mules. Lone Jack won 14 matches a season ago.
Two coaches will be entering their second season leading their programs. Sweet Springs will look to continue its revival under Alicia Jones after only winning five matches last year and not claiming a single victory in conference.
The Orrick Lady Bearcats are looking to improve on last year's 13 wins under second-year head coach Stacey Minyard.
Only one program will be breaking in a new head coach, as Wellington will look to replace Peggy Tuter. No information was available at press time.