Woods new volleyball coach at Cordova
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Former Addison star athlete Jessy Woods is the new head volleyball coach at Cordova High School. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Former Addison star athlete Jessy Woods is the new head volleyball coach at Cordova High School. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
CORDOVA — Jessy Woods has an impressive pedigree as a high school volleyball player. As an outside hitter at Addison High School, Woods — formally Willingham — was part of three state championship teams and was named a first-team All-State player four times.

Starting this season, Woods looks to add to her resume as a head volleyball coach. She is the new coach at Cordova High School this year.

“Since I was young, I wanted to coach,” said Woods, 23. “My mother was a teacher and we were all big into sports at Addison. I knew that’s what I wanted to do.”

Woods spent the last three years as an assistant volleyball coach at Meek High School while earning her degree at Athens State. She graduated from the school in May.

She inherits a young Cordova volleyball team filled with talent. The Blue Devils currently have just two seniors — Allison Bradford and Maleah Gilmore — on the varsity squad.

“I coached against (Cordova) when I was at Meek. I knew they were really athletic,” Woods said. “They are hard working. This is a good group of girls. They are go-getters.”

Woods graduated from Addison in 2008. She was a member of Addison’s state volleyball championship team as an 8th grader in 2003 under coach Pam Wilkins. The Bulldogs also won titles in 2004 and 2005.

Woods was more than a volleyball player at Addison. She excelled at every sport. On the basketball court, she scored more than 2,000 career points and made the All-State basketball team each of her four years in high school. She was also a two-time All-State player in softball and earned numerous trips to the state track meet.

As an assistant volleyball coach, she helped lead Meek to the Elite 8 State Volleyball Tournament in Bessemer last season. She has set ambitious goals for her first volleyball team at Cordova.

“My goals for the team are to win the county, win the area, win the regional and get to the state tournament,” she said.

Cordova hasn’t made the state tournament since 2004.

This year, Cordova is off to a fast start, opening the season 7-3 after back-to-back area wins over Winfield and Hamilton this week. The Blue Devils also defeated Curry for the first time in recent history last week. “Beating Curry was a really big win for the girls. Everybody I talked to said he hadn’t beaten Curry in the past 15 years,” Woods added.

Woods takes over the program from coach Randy Stracner, who stepped aside from his volleyball duties, but still is the girls and boys basketball and softball head coach.

The Blue Devils finished 35-16 last season. The Blue Devils finished as the area runner up and were put out of the first round at the super regional tournament.