By Nick Talbot
Killeen Daily Herald
Stacy Meyers wanted to get back to coaching volleyball.
And she wanted to be closer to home in China Spring and coach at a bigger school.
The odds were against her finding all three.
But she did. Meyers, who spent the last year as an assistant basketball coach at Copperas Cove, was named the head volleyball coach at Belton on Monday.
"The opportunity to get back into volleyball (was the biggest draw) and I wanted to go to a bigger school … also I still live in China Spring and (Belton) is a little closer than Cove.
"I have also heard a lot of good things about Belton."
Meyers was the volleyball coach at China Spring for four years, taking the Lady Cougars to the playoffs and winning or tying for the district championship each season.
She left China Spring following the
graduation of her daughter, Karlyn Meyers, who went on to play volleyball at Texas Tech and became one of the all-time leading setters in Red Raider history.
Behind the Meyerses, the Lady Cougars made three trips to the regional tournament and one to the 3A state championships.
"The biggest thing (she brings) is experience and having a person that has been there and done that," said Belton athletic director Rodney Southern. "We have been fortunate to hire a basketball coach (Brenda Gomez) and now a volleyball coach that obviously provides that."
After her four years at China Spring, Meyers spent three seasons coaching at Waco Reicher and took the Lady Cougars to the playoffs all three years.
"Now that (Karlyn) has graduated, I wanted to get back into it and this job kind of fell into my lap," Meyers said.
Meyers replaces Justeen Coulson, who finished her four years at Belton with a 64-87 record, but experienced a tough go of it in 2011, when the Lady Tigers dropped to 5-31 overall and 1-13 in District 12-5A the season following the graduation of first-team all-state player Grace Weaver.
Coulson resigned Jan. 20 to spend more time with family, including her 10-month old son, Trystan, and husband, Jacob, an assistant football coach at Florence.
"I think a lot of it will be getting them initially to buy into the way I do things," Meyers said. "We are going to work hard at the little things. I don't know what has gone in the past. They have had some successful teams and I don't know or care what the slide was. We are going to get back to old-school volleyball and do what needs to be done."