Lady Cats Start 2011 Under New Coach
(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – With the first date of the 2011 collegiate volleyball season just over five weeks away for the Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats program, Athletic Director David Stephenson has made the first step in building on its successful 2010 campaign. The college selected former prep all-star and long-time North Georgia coach and educator, Maggie Stultz as the new women’s head coach.
In the departure of Tricia Goodwin, the program’s only head coach in its first four years of its existence, Stultz is hustling with only a limited window of time to prepare for the season-opening tri-match in Knoxville on September 3. “We are in the process of communicating with last year’s squad, arranging walk-on tryouts, as well as filling up the schedule with some final dates,” said Stultz.
The fifth year of Lady Cats Volleyball currently faces a 15-date schedule during the months of September and October. Time is of the essence for the 40-year old Stultz as she looks to improve on the already successful growth of the local collegiate sports program. “Conditioning will be key,” said Stultz. “We’ll have only have about four weeks of intense practice to help us get the schedule underway. We will do what it takes in the classroom and on the court.”
The Lady Cats ended the 2010 campaign with a successful run in the Georgia Tech Invitational Tournament last October. A quarter-finals sweep of the Georgia Southern women’s volleyball club squad in the season-finale tournament helped carve out a 40-21 mark for the Lady Cats. The young program has yet to wrap up a season with a losing record.
However, in a position where Georgia Northwestern needs someone familiar with the region, as well as the collegiate game, Stultz appears to fit the bill nicely. She’s been named a former teacher of the year in Walker County, Georgia, served as an education administrator for the same system, as well as coached, officiated, and played volleyball on several levels of competition during her career.
In her prep days, few were more determined than Stultz in the state of Tennessee. As a senior at Tennessee Temple Academy, Stultz (formerly Eldridge) was named Athlete of the Year in the state of Tennessee and was named the MVP in the state volleyball and basketball tournaments that same year. “My high school coach, Dan Wadley, was extremely instrumental in the way I work with all student-athletes to this day,” said Stultz. Wadley is now the Boy’s Head Basketball Coach at Chattanooga’s McCallie School.
Undoubtedly, Stultz has left her mark on women’s athletics in the Tennessee Valley region. However, she also has played a role in leadership of boy’s athletics, as well. “When I taught at Rossville Middle School, I was selected as the school’s first wrestling coach,” said Stultz. “It was an amazing challenge.” During her career, Stultz would also assume volleyball coaching roles for Rossville Middle School, LaFayette Middle School, East Ridge High School, and the former (Chattanooga) City High School.”
Though her current reference to volleyball on her resume involves serving as a certified referee for the TSSAA, her passion has always stemmed from a deeply rooted love for the game. “My first memories of the game were playing on the beach as a kid when my family would go on vacation,” said Stultz. “I’ve always liked the speed of volleyball. It’s very strategy-oriented, as well. It’s very much my style.”
This stretch run for Stultz couldn’t be farther from a day at the beach. The new top Lady Cat and her soon-to-be selected squad will have one month to prepare to face four-year and two-year college programs from across the southeast. “This is a program that’s about exposure,” said Stultz. “Our players will experience so much this season. But I want them to remember their main goal is to be exposed to something new. Something which will help them keep pushing forward with their education, as well as represent their college. We will all be servants in our community and determined student-athletes on and off our campuses.”
Currently, GNTC’s latest addition to its coaching ranks is also setting an example for her players, academically.
The new head coach is just a few classes and a dissertation away from earning her doctorate from the University of Alabama. Previously, Stultz earned a bachelor of science degree in Social Sciences for Education and a bachelor of arts degree in History from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Stultz later earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Trevecca Nazarene University. She also earned an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Alabama in 2007.
Stultz and her husband, Don, live in LaFayette, Georgia.
For more information on Lady Cats Volleyball at Georgia Northwestern, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813. You may also e-mail Don Foley in the Office of Sports Information at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Georgia Northwestern, visit their website at GNTC.edu.
2011-12 Lady Cats Volleyball
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|DATE||HOME TEAM||AWAY TEAM||RESULTS|
|Sep. 3||Johnson Bible College (Tri-Match)||Lady Cats, West Georgia Tech|
|Sep. 5||Lady Cats||Freewill Bible College|
|Sep. 13||Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, GA)||Lady Cats|
|Sep. 15||Hiwassee College (Madisonville, TN)||Lady Cats|
|Sep. 20||Crown College (Powell, TN)||Lady Cats|
|Sep.||Freewill Classic Tournament (Nashville, TN)||Lady Cats|
|23 & 24|
|Oct. 1||Oakwood University (Huntsville, AL)||Lady Cats|
|Oct. 8||Crown College / Tennessee Temple University (TBA)||Lady Cats|
|Oct. 11||Freewill Bible College (Nashville, TN)||Lady Cats|
|Oct. 13||Lady Cats||Covenant College|
|Oct. 14||Lady Cats||Crown College|
|Oct. 18||Lady Cats||Hiwassee College|
|Oct. 19||Cumblerand University (Lebanon, TN)||Lady Cats|
|Oct. 24||Lady Cats||Oakwood University|