The Forestburg Independent School District is hiring a head volleyball coach for the upcoming school year.
Kayla Firth is coming from Gainesville where she has served as an assistant for several years.
She is not unfamiliar with Forestburg. Her husband Ryan Firth has taught first grade in the school district and it was his positive experience that made her want to look into coming.
“He speaks so highly of the Forestburg community so when there was an opening there I just wanted to be a part of it too,” Firth said.
Athletic Director Cori Hayes has been the volleyball/girl’s basketball coach for the past seven years, more than half with no assistant help. Last year he was looking to step down from the volleyball head role, but it did not happen then.
When he heard Firth was looking for a way into the district and had experience coaching volleyball, it just seemed like a good fit.
“It is nice to have someone who is committed to being at a small school and is committed to being at Forestburg, have a hand in the program all the way from junior high to high school,” Hayes said. “The fact that her husband works at the school and they are excited to bring their son over too are all bonuses that they have bought into the school.”
Hayes also said getting some diversity into the athletics department will do wonders for his girl athletes.
“It is nice to have fresh eyes and a new school of thought, but also with that is to also have that female influence on a coaching staff,” Hayes said. “My first two years I had a female assistant and since then we haven’t had one on the coaching staff. Just having that around will be a blessing to our school and those girls to have someone they can talk to or have that influence on them.”
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