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Prep basketball, volleyball: Wade takes over girls basketball; Hann takes volleyball post

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Beth Wade is returning to the head coaching position for the Coosa girls basketball team, and Nic Hann is the new head volleyball coach, the school announced Wednesday.

Wade, who coached the Lady Eagles during the 2010-11 season, is replacing Andie Lee, and Hann is replacing Kate Williamson.

Both coaches said they hope to take things back to basics with their respective teams.

Wade will take over a Lady Eagle team that struggled this past season, winning just five games.

“I think we have a lot of fundamental work that we have to do,” said Wade. “I think we have a lot of basics that we have to establish, but I think we’ve got some young girls, and I think we’ve got some pretty good seniors that are good leaders and good students.”

Wade is a well-known name in Rome, having previously coached at Pepperell in addition to her earlier stint at Coosa.

Hann — who was an assistant coach for the volleyball team last year — said he will focus on getting his team to play “basic fundamental volleyball.”

“If we can’t serve and we can’t pass, then we can’t play,” he said. “That’s something I just really preach to them all the time is passing, passing, passing. If we can’t do it, then there’s no point to even being out there.”

Hann also noted that the transition would be smooth, since he has had experience with the team as assistant coach.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “I’ve been the assistant for the past two years, so I already know the girls, and they know me, and they kind of know what I expect.

“I set a high standard for my girls and I’m pumped to get in there and get to work with them at that varsity level now and just continue to push them better as a player and as a person.” 

Wade — who went to high school at Coosa and is currently teaching in the Student Support Department — said she is looking forward to returning to her Lady Eagle roots.

“I’m excited about coming into it,” she said. “It’s a big responsibility. I’m a Lady Eagle at heart. I graduated from here in ‘84.

“It’s going to be a challenge, and I’m excited about the challenge.”