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Reynolds picked to keep HCC flying high

February 16, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • Ann Reynolds was approved as Hagerstown Community College's head volleyball coach by the HCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday.
Ann Reynolds was approved as Hagerstown Community College's head volleyball coach by the HCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

HAGERSTOWN — For two decades, the Hagerstown Community College volleyball program has known nothing but success.

Now it’s up to Ann Reynolds to keep the Hawks soaring.

Reynolds, a 1997 graduate of Williamsport High School and a former Herald-Mail All-Area Volleyball Player of the Year, was approved for the head coaching job by HCC’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

“I’m very excited,” Reynolds said. “I’m excited to be working at the college level. I’m excited about teaching more advanced skills and running more set plays.”

The Hawks have been the Region XX representative in the NJCAA Division II national tournament 17 times in the last 20 seasons under coaches Marlys Palmer (1991-2000), Beth Domenico (2001-09) and Ty Hart (2010). HCC’s best finish at the national tournament was seventh in 2007.

“I have big shoes to fill,” Reynolds said. “I want to keep the program where it is and, if possible, make it even better. We want to keep getting region titles and be more competitive at the national level.”

Reynolds played as a setter on Williamsport’s teams that reached the Maryland Class 1A state final three straight years from 1994 to 1996, winning the state title in 1995. She earned All-County and All-Area First Team honors in 1995 and 1996.

She went on to play four years at Catawba College, being named to the All-South Atlantic Conference team in 1999 and 2000 and helping the Indians win the conference championship in 2000.

Reynolds returned to Williamsport as an assistant coach from 2002 to 2006, during which the Wildcats won four straight state titles from 2002 to 2005. Last year, she guided Clear Spring’s JV team to a 13-1 record.

“There was considerable interest in this position because the program has been at the top of the league and the region,” HCC athletic director Bo Myers said. “When Ann’s credentials came in, having worked with Williamsport during that four-year (state title) run and then a 13-1 record with the JVs at Clear Spring, that’s considerable. She also played at a high level. I was looking at what she could do developmentally with the kids, and everything I heard about her was impressive.”

Reynolds plans to implement the kind of quick-hitting offense that was a staple at Williamsport.

“We’ll run that kind of quick stuff, use slides and other plays,” Reynolds said. “We’re hoping to get one hitter versus one blocker, because the hitter should win that every time.”

The Hawks will begin offseason practices and workouts on Monday. Reynolds is looking forward to putting her fingerprints on the program.

“I just can’t wait to see what we have,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds will be joined by assistant coaches Blair Reynolds — her husband — Angie Ford and Lea Drury.

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