Headrick hopes to turn around Sumiton Christian volleyball program
by Johnathan Bentley
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Nicole Headrick is the new volleyball coach at Sumiton Christian.
Nicole Headrick is the new volleyball coach at Sumiton Christian.
SUMITON — Nicole Headrick was looking for the perfect school for her children.

Sumiton Christian was in search of a head volleyball coach.

Turns out that two were the perfect match for each other.

“We had been praying to know where to send our kids to school. Little did I know they were praying to get a volleyball coach. It just kind of worked out,” Headrick said.

Headrick’s four boys are now students at Sumiton Christian and she is serving as a substitute teacher at Sumiton Christian Junior High.

“I fell in love with the atmosphere here. Everybody is so nice,” Headrick said.

A few weeks into the school year, Sumiton Christian Principal Cheryl Capps approached Headrick about taking over as the school’s head volleyball coach.

Headrick, who coached volleyball at Valley the last two years, accepted the position, but didn’t know what to expect.

“Sumiton Christian is known for its softball and baseball programs, not it’s volleyball. I was really nervous. I was thinking ‘Oh no. I’m not going to have many girls sign up,’” Headrick said.

Headrick, 33, was shocked at the number of girls who showed up for the first meeting.

“We met and there were 47 girls who signed up. That included 7th and 8th graders. It looks like the first year out of the gate we may be able to have 7th, 8th, JV and varsity teams. The future looks bright.”

With the high number of potential players, Headrick will hold tryouts before the end of the school year.

“We are going to have to work around basketball tryouts and the softball playoffs,” she said. “I’m hoping we can start all the girls on a summer workout program.”

Headrick, a 1998 graduate of Cordova High School, has hopes of getting potential players started at a younger age.

“I would like to start them younger. We need to have a clinic for 5th and 6th grade students so they start learning volleyball,” she said.

In the long run, she looks to add another successful sports program to the list at Sumiton Christian.

“We may not be the best right now, but I’m hoping that we can build a solid program so Sumiton Christian can be known for softball, baseball and volleyball,” she said.