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Fellowship begins season with new coach
by Greg Oshust
August 07, 2014 07:57 AM | 3782 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / Kirbie Wallace is the new volleyball coach at Fellowship Christian.
Special Photo / Kirbie Wallace is the new volleyball coach at Fellowship Christian.
Kirbie Wallace has had a strong run of success as a volleyball coach in the south metro part of Atlanta for over a decade.

Now, Wallace will be bringing her expertise to the north Fulton area as the new volleyball coach at Fellowship Christian.

“I’m really excited about it,” Wallace said. “I’ve been on the southside for a long time since I came here to Atlanta. Coming up here north to Roswell – the support, the community support, the parent support has been phenomenal. I have not been with a program that has this much support and this much talent.”

Wallace spent the last four years as the director of volleyball for Elite Sports Training in Hampton.

A 12-year veteran of the coaching ranks, she served as coach of Mundy’s Mill – which she led to a winning record in 2010 after the team was 0-23 the season before.

She was also an assistant coach at Whitewater High School in Fayetteville – which finished state runner-up in Class AAA during her one season there in 2011 – and at Our Lady of Mercy from 2007 to ’09.

“Coach Wallace had a great background and we are blessed to have her join our program,” Fellowship athletic director Bryan Lindner said. “Her coaching resume is very strong, which includes experience at both the club and high school levels.”

Wallace inherits a talented Fellowship program that is on the rise after posting a 25-9 – its best record in school history.

“What’s exciting is the underclassmen that we have,” Wallace said. “We have a couple of sophomores who will be returning that are very talented and we have five seniors who have been with the program for four years. So, we’re creating a great dynamic of leadership and rising talent.”

Wallace said she is encouraged by what she has seen of her new team so far.

“The team looks like it hasn’t missed a beat since last year,” Wallace said. “We have great team chemistry. I’m kind of the new guy, so they are very comfortable with each other. We’ve had open gym all summer, where the girls came to train and work out on different days all summer and pretty much every single varsity and JV player showed up. We continue to bond and build that chemistry. They have really handled themselves like veterans and they handle themselves that way on the court.”

Senior middle hitter Olivia Bateman, junior setter Rebecca Mann, sophomore outside hitter/libero Shelby Villar and sophomore setter Abby Navarro are among the key players for the Paladins.

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