The Coosa High School volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2017-18 season. This marks the first time CHS has earned the award and is only one of nine girls high school volleyball programs in the state of Georgia to receive the award. The Lady Eagles are one of 358 high school girls teams to earn the award this year and one of 977 teams overall, setting a new all-time high for the Coaches Association.
“Our volleyball team is a true reflection of what genuine hard work means on and off the court,” said CHS Principal La Donna Turrentine. “They work hard in the classroom and take their work with them when they leave for away games. They don’t just do it to get it done, they do it with excellence. That goes for all that they do.”
“This team’s work ethic is admirable, not just on the court but in the classroom as well,” said CHS Head Volleyball Coach Nic Hann. “These young ladies strive for excellence in everything they do. We try to teach the players to never settle for mediocrity, and this does not just apply to volleyball. We want them to push themselves to be the best version of themselves on the court, in the classroom, and most importantly, in life. These players understand that, so it is special to be able to see them be recognized and awarded for their achievement.”
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale. The Lady Eagles had a 3.48 GPA for the 2017-18 season.
‘Thirty Under 30’ honors for CHS Volleyball Coach Nic Hann: The American Volleyball Coaches Association has announced the second annual Thirty Under 30 High School Awards. This overall Thirty Under 30 award was created in 2009 to honor up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport, and in 2016 it was expanded for exclusively high school coaches. Among this year’s 30 recipients is Coosa High School’s head girls volleyball coach Nic Hann. Hann is only one of two coaches in the state of Georgia to win this award.
Hann believes that volleyball can teach players lessons in order to succeed in life and wants to always push them to become better players, but more importantly, great friends, wives, parents, and overall, outstanding people of integrity.
“This sport teaches young people how to communicate effectively, how to work well together–even with people you may not always get along with, how to love the person standing next to you, and how to push yourself in order to become a better version of you,” said Hann. “I try to approach my team with the philosophy that winning is not the most important thing that we do. Getting better as players and, more importantly, as people, each and every point is our focus. It is for these moments that I coach my players.”
Hann began his first year of coaching volleyball during Coosa High’s inaugural season in the fall of 2011. For the first two years of the program, he served as the junior varsity coach and varsity assistant coach. He helped lead the team to the first round of the state playoffs in only the second year as a program in 2012. Hann became the varsity head coach in 2013, leading the team to the Class AA Sweet Sixteen. In 2014 and 2015, the Lady Eagles advanced to the Class AA Elite 8, and in 2016, the team competed for the Class AA state title, finishing as the state runner-up. In 2017, the team won its first state title, becoming the first public school to win a Class AA title in volleyball. The team has also won four straight area championships (2014-2017). In his sixth season as Coosa’s head coach, the team’s record is 211-73.
“Mr. Hann being named one of the top thirty under 30 high school volleyball coaches in the country is well deserved. He is the epitome of what a teacher and coach should be,” said Coosa High Principal La Donna Turrentine. “He was voted as CHS Teacher of the Year by his peers because he has high expectations of all his students. He pushes them in a way to where they love learning. It’s reflected in his coaching, as well, because he pushes his team to the limit to get the best out of them and that’s resulted in a state championship.”
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