Stacy Meyers no stranger to program turnarounds
Friday, 20 April 2012 by Chuck Kelly
The Lady Tigers new head volleyball coach has hit the court running and Stacy Meyers is optimistic about next fall.
The 26-year coaching veteran spent three winning years at Reicher High, where her teams earned two District championships, went to the playoffs every year and got to the Regional tournament one year.
Meyers then had four successful years at China Spring where her girls won or shared the district title and went to the playoffs every year, competed at the Regional tournament three years and went to State once.
Meyers left China Spring to spend some time with her daughter, Karlyn, who played at Texas Tech and has since graduated and is working on her Master's Degree. Her son, Kyal, is a sophomore pole vaulter for the Red Raiders and just placed 11th in the nation at the Indoor championship.at Tech.
Prior to returning to volleyball coaching here in Belton, Meyers spent last season coaching basketball at Copperas Cove. "But I wanted to get back to my true love, volleyball," she commented, "and I felt like this was a good opportunity."
Meyers replaces Justeen Coulson, who resigned in mid-January citing family reasons.
How is the new head coach at "turnarounds", we asked, since the Lady Tigers were 5-31 and 1-13 in district 12-5A last season?
It was a quick answer --- "Well, we'll see! There's a lot of potential here," she said. "It just needs to be kinda focused and directed and disciplined a little bit but there's lots of potential here for a good team. We're excited about what we have.
"We have kids who want to get better and that's a part of it. We just have to work a little harder than maybe what they want to or are used to," Meyers explained. "I like to win and we have talent and good heighth, so we have good athletes....we just need to put it all together."
Her main job since arriving in Belton has been getting to "know" the girls, of course.
"Í have a couple of good hitters...I haven't seen a few yet because they're in other sports. We have some good defensive players and setters, so we have what it takes," she stated.
There appears to be no problem with depth....the number of players to suit up.
"Sixty-seven incoming freshmen have signed up but probably only 45 or so of those will actually follow thru and come out," commented Meyers. "We have 20 for varsity and junior varsity, so depth is not a problem at all. Buying in to the way that we do it will be the big part."
The coach has been married to Jeff Meyers for 24 years and the couple has the two children.
"I'm just ready to get to work and win," stated the smiling and perky yet seriously determined new Lady Tiger head volleyball coach. "I think we're going to surprise people next year!"