The Hannibal-LaGrange University Women’s Volleyball team was without a coach for nearly six months. The first initial hire in the hiring process nearly immediately fell through. Early last week however, Halee Hensley from Arkansas was hired to fill the head coaching position. A release announcing her addition the Trojan Athletic Team was posted Tuesday, April 9.
Hensley comes to HLGU with a variety of coaching experience ranging from club volleyball, to work with a preparatory high school, and also student assistant experience with Central Baptist College. Hensley is also an alumni of CBC, a member school of the American Midwest Conference, where she played volleyball for four years. Hensley is coming off of an assistant coaching job for NCAA Division III Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. There Hensley held responsibilities in recruiting, statistics, scouting, and designing individual workouts.
For the players of the Women’s Volleyball team, it is a sigh of relief to have the head coaching position filled.
HLGU student Shirah Foor says operating without a coach is frustrating and at times unproductive. Despite the struggles the team has faced so far, there is excitement for what next season will bring. “With having this role filled now, we all have a whole new positive perspective on what’s to come. Next year, we will get a whole new environment to play in that we know will be one of support and comfort given by Coach Hensley even through all the tough practices and conditioning sessions she has planned for us. It will be exciting to further build our skill and team dynamic,” said Foor.
Coach Hensley began her duties at HLGU on Monday, April 15. As written in the official release put out by HLGU’s athletic website, Coach Hensley is enthusiastic about joining Trojan Athletics.
“I’m excited to get a start with coaching volleyball at an institution with the same religious views as me in order to be able to mold young players into positive and Christ-centered adults on and off the court,” said Hensley.
- Emma Anderson / HLGU Vanguard / April 2019