HARRODSBURG— The Mercer County Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Hayley Spivey as the new head coach of the Lady Titans girls basketball program.
Spivey, a Mercer County native, has a long history with the program. A 2008 graduate of Mercer County Senior High School, Spivey has dedicated 13 total years to the program, the last six of which were spent serving as an assistant coach to former Lady Titans Head Coach Chris Souder.
Mercer County Athletic Director Donald Wayne Smith said the search was exhaustive and the hiring committee certainly did its due diligence, but the right person for the job was not far away.
“In finding the correct individual to replace Souder, we found the appropriate successor on his bench,” said Smith. “Hayley was an integral part of the Lady Titans’ recent historic success, including serving as head assistant coach for the past three years and during the Lady Titans’ back-to-back state championships.
The Lady Titans are coming off an unprecedented successful run at the school, but Smith sees this transition not as the end of something great but rather the next chapter in the program.
“Hayley Spivey was a tremendous part of Chris Souder’s staff and the recent success. However, we’re excited to see Hayley develop the team into her vision and make it her own. We believe she will do an unbelievable job at the helm,” said Smith.
For Spivey, this job is something of a dream come true.
“This job and opportunity mean so much to me. I’ve dedicated 13 years to this program as a player and a coach,” said Spivey. “I’m from the community. I played for this program. I’m passionate about seeing its continued success.
In terms of goals, they remain unchanged in terms of excellence despite the loss of considerable talent from the 2017-2018 season.
“Our goals will stay the same,” said Spivey. “We have a really strong, talented team coming back, and I don’t think many people realize that. Spivey listed a 20-win season, and competing for championships at various levels among the goals.
A player/parent meeting is being planned by Spivey for next week, along with time in open gym. Details will soon be released.
“I’m certainly excited to get this going,” said Spivey.
Spivey attended Asbury University and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. She also teaches social studies at MCSHS. Her parents, Darren Spivey and Jamie Goodman, also live in Mercer County.
For further questions, please contact Smith at (859)516-1202 or Donald.firstname.lastname@example.org
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