Val Thoms is the new volleyball coach at Mauldin High.
Athletic director Steve Frady made the announcement last week.
“Her enthusiasm and her experience playing and coaching,” Frady said, explaining why he chose Thoms. “Her ambitions about volleyball and her future plans. She was very impressive.”
Thoms, a native of Wisconsin, graduated from Converse College, where she played volleyball, in May. While playing at Converse, Thoms coached Club South volleyball.
“I love the game,” Thoms said. “I remember playing high school volleyball, and it was an experience that took me all the way through college. I want to inspire that passion to other girls.”
Meredith Hamrick will continue as the assistant coach.
Mauldin has struggled in recent years, but Thoms thinks the program has potential.
“We have a lot of girls back and they have played together. If they buy into my philosophy as a coach, I think we will be successful,” Thoms said.
Getting a late start will prevent Thoms from doing some summer practices that other schools will do.
“I believe we are out of contact days for me to go in and actually coach,” Thoms said. “There are only a few days we are allowed to practice in the summer.”
Mauldin will hold its annual Kiddy Camp in July, and Thoms said she could meet some of the varsity players at that time. Thoms said actual practice would start Aug. 6.
Thoms is aware of the powerful teams Mauldin will face in Region 2-AAAA and is prepared for the work it will take to make the Mavericks competitive.
“It poses a great challenge,” Thoms said. “I think it will take a lot of work on my part to prepare the girls for those teams.”
Any girls interested in playing volleyball at Mauldin can call the school at 355-6500.