Gallatin High School will have a new volleyball coach for the 2020 season.
The school announced Wednesday, March 4, that Emily Ingham will coach the high school team after former coach Shane Olson decided to step down.
Olson leaves the program after two seasons.
"We thank coach Olson for all he and his staff did these past two years to elevate our level of play," Gallatin Principal Dr. Ron Becker said.
"We are excited to have Emily Ingham taking over as head coach of our volleyball program. As a Gallatin graduate and former volleyball player, coach Ingham knows what it takes to be a Lady Wave. We expect coach Ingham to continue the trend of elevated play and to help our program achieve even higher success both on and off the court."
Ingham currently teaches seventh grade at Rucker-Stewart Middle School, where she will stay on staff.
"I hope to continue the growth that coach Olson and his staff accomplished over the last two years," Ingham said. "When the Gallatin offered me the job, I was in the school library and did a happy dance. I'm humbled to coach at the same school I played. This (opportunity) means so much to me. I'm very excited about the whole process."
Ingham has been an assistant for the Gallatin Middle School Volleyball Club, as well as coaching the 13 year-olds travel club, Team Ethos.
"Her experience with middle school volleyball as well as with Ethos Volleyball Club will serve her and our program well," Becker added. "We are looking forward to the future achievements of our volleyball program."
Ingham says that accepting the position to coach at Gallatin is a natural fit, and she couldn't be more excited.
"I formerly worked under Jason Frech (GHS Athletics Director) when he was Assistant Principal at Rucker-Stewart. When Shane (Olson) decided to step down, he approached me and asked if I had ever considered working at the high school level. I talked about it with my family and decided to apply. During the interview, everything felt right. Working with Jason (Frech), Dr. Becker, and the entire staff at Gallatin feels like I'm coming home."
Ingham played four years at Gallatin High School under multiple coaches, but coach Brett Snow coached Ingham her junior and senior year. Snow was on staff last year for the Lady Wave volleyball program. He and coach Bell will stay on staff to help Ingham part-time, but she is still looking for a full-time assistant coach.
"Coach Snow got me into coaching," she said. "He is the one who hooked me up with the middle school volleyball club."
Coach Ingham has yet to have try-outs for next season and says that is the first step in putting her fingerprints on the program.
"It's all about building a relationship with the team," she said. "During high school, my team enjoyed most of the success when we were friends and wanted each other to succeed. We will do a lot of team bonding to build relationships with one another. We will have intense practices and stick to a rigorous workout schedule."
Wins are the goal for any coach at the high school level, but Ingham says that her top priority right now is making sure the rest of District 9-AAA knows that Gallatin is here to make noise.
"Earning wins is the goal, but at the end of the day, if they learn more about volleyball and show that Gallatin is improving, then we will be satisfied with that in the first year. I expect us to show the county we are improving and a team to have their eye on."
If you would like to play for the Gallatin High School volleyball team, try-outs will take place at the end of May.