Springdale dipped into the junior-high ranks of another Class 7A school district to fill its varsity volleyball coaching opening Monday.
The Lady Bulldogs hired Megan Thompson, a two-time state champion as a player for Fort Smith Southside and the coach of Kimmons Junior High in Fort Smith for the past five years, to fill the void left by Kylie Moad’s resignation in mid-April.
“It’s definitely been a whirlwind, without a doubt,” Thompson said. “I’m very excited. Looking forward to a new journey and I’m excited to get started.”
Thompson is the second straight junior high coach hired to lead the Lady Bulldogs. She inherits a program that went 17-40-2 and missed the state tournament in Moad’s two seasons, including going 3-25 in 7A-West play. Springdale hasn’t made the state tournament since the final year of Amanda Williford’s tenure in 2013, but Thompson, a 2009 University of Arkansas graduate, hopes to invigorate the program.
“I’m a pretty structured and strict coach, so I’m looking forward to bringing that to the Springdale program,” Thompson said. “I think with structure and discipline comes success.”
Thompson is scheduled to meet her new players and parents Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs will begin participating in team camps after the upcoming dead period.