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Vandebilt names new volleyball coach


Vandebilt Catholic has promoted an assistant coach to take over the reigns of the head volleyball coaching job.

The school named Samantha Schexnayder, a previous assistant coach on the volleyball and softball teams at Vandebilt, as its new head volleyball coach.

Vandebilt athletic director Laury Dupont said the school has spent several months looking for someone to replace former Lady Terriers coach Latashia Wise, who resigned after the 2012-13 season to take a job as the new volleyball coach at Central Catholic High of Morgan City.

Dupont said the school didn't have immediate success finding a new coach to take over the program.

"We had three people interview, but we just couldn't find the right person for the job," Dupont said. "It never could work out."

Dupont said he is confident that Schexnayder will continue to lead Vandebilt's volleyball program in the right direction.

"She's qualified to coach," Dupont said. "She can handle it. The team is in good hands. It's not really a big transition. The girls know her, so things won't change that much."

Schexnayder, 29, is a Vandebilt graduate who has coached softball for the last five years and volleyball for the last two seasons. She was also a junior high basketball coach.

While Vandebilt administration looked for a new coach, Schexnayder stepped in and led the Lady Terriers' offseason workouts. Now that she has been named the coach, Schexnayder said the team is excited about moving on and preparing for the upcoming season.

 

"They've been searching for awhile, and I just decided that it would be much better to just step up and make sure they have someone who can help the girls get back to where they need to be," Schexnayder said. "The girls are ready to get at it. They've been stuck in the midst of ‘What's going to happen with the new coach?' We were just all ready to get going and get started."

Schexnayder will take over a team that has made three straight trips to the state volleyball semifinal round but lost each time. The Lady Terriers had a 21-18 record last year, losing to state-runner and former district rival E.D. White Catholic in the Division III semifinals at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. Vandebilt will compete in the new District 6-II with Assumption, Ellender, South Lafourche and South Terrebonne.

Schexnayder said she believes the Lady Terriers will be in the mix again for a state championship, especially with several key returning players such as Sydney Lerille, Maggie Hamilton and Erin Crane.

"We're definitely going to come out hard," she said. "Last year, we started off a little rocky. We had a lot of injuries at the beginning of the year, so we're all looking forward to staying healthy. We have some young ones who are stepping up, so we're excited to see what they can do this year." We're excited about starting up this year."

After being a former Vandebilt athlete and assistant coach, Schexnayder said she understands the school's rich winning tradition, and she is ready for the chance to help continue that winning success.

"I definitely know what it takes win," Schexnayder said. "We're going to be a good team. It's going to be strong, exciting and fun, so I'm looking forward to this season."