Friday, May 31, 2013

WRHS grad Coleman takes Highland post

Assistant volleyball coach

Angela Coleman, stretching for a catch on defense in Jerome four years ago, won the Bob Shay Most Inspirational softball honor for three straight years at Wood River High. Express file photo

     Hailey’s Angela Coleman wants to be a high school athletic coach—and she has taken a first step by accepting a position as assistant coach of the Highland High School girls’ volleyball team in Pocatello.

     Coleman, 22, an Idaho State University senior, said she was asked by Highland head volleyball coach Morgan Rose to be assistant coach for the 5A Rams starting this fall. Coleman also plans to co-coach Highland’s freshman girls’ basketball team next winter.

     The 2009 Wood River High School graduate has been a Dean’s List student (3.75 GPA or higher) for two years at ISU. She is majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in English and will do student teaching next spring in Pocatello.

     Prior to attending ISU, the daughter of Dick and Shirleen Coleman earned an associate’s degree in art at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore. There she played for the school’s volleyball team—earning the “Rookie of the Year” award as a freshman and starting as a sophomore.

     Ultimately, Coleman said she would also like to coach softball. A three-sport athlete at Wood River, Coleman was a star player for Wolverine softball teams that won three Great Basin tourney titles in four years. She was named the Hailey school’s “Outstanding Senior Female Athlete” in 2009.

     While coaching an U-16 girls’ volleyball club team in Pocatello last fall, Coleman met Highland coach Rose, and that led to her recent hiring as assistant coach, Angela said.

     Coleman along with her sister Barbara Ann Rust of Phoenix and her mother Shirleen Coleman plan to run together, as they did last year, in the Sun Valley Half Marathon Saturday. Angela finished third in her age class with a 13.1-mile time of 2.24:15 last year.

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