By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
When the 2013 volleyball season started, Whitley County head coach David Halcomb had some lofty goals for his team, the most pressing of those were to win the 13th Region Tournament.
Less than a week after celebrating that 13th Region Championship win over South Laurel, Halcomb, along with one of his team leaders were rewarded for their efforts in reaching those goals set before the season.
Halcomb was tabbed as the Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association 13th Region Coach of the Year, while Lady Colonels junior Brianna Maynes was named as the KVCA 13th Region Player of the Year.
While he’s never been one to harp on individual awards, Halcomb said he was pleased to be honored, considering the voting was by a group of peers.
“It’s a special award to win and to know that the other coaches think highly of you,” Halcomb said. “I’ve had a lot of coaches in the area that send texts and called to congratulate us on what our team has done, and that’s really what it goes back to.
“Our team came together and they were successful because they worked together toward one goal,” he added.
The other award winner, Briana Maynes, is a rare breed when it comes to volleyball according to Halcomb. Maynes not only leads by example with her constantly active play on the floor, but he said she is also vocal when she needs to be.
“Briana has worked extremely hard to get to the level that she’s reached and it’s been fun to watch her develop,” Halcomb said. “She is always moving on the floor and she doesn’t say a whole lot in the huddle, but when she does, the kids really listen and take what she says as positive advice.
“The good thing with Briana is that she’s just a junior, so she has room to improve next season as she plays her senior year,” he added.
Halcomb has been head coach of the Lady Colonels since the start of the 2007 season and has racked up 150 wins since then. He led the Lady Colonels to two other region finals trips, but came up short.
This season is the fifth time in seven seasons that the Lady Colonels have surpassed the 20-win mark and this season’s 32 wins is a school record.
Halcomb and company will get the 2013 Kentucky State Volleyball Tournament started with the first match of the day Friday, facing McCracken County at 9:30 a.m. at Valley High School in Louisville.
Whitley's Halcomb, Maynes Named Kvca Coach, Player Of The Year
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