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'Dream job' for new Anchor Bay volleyball coach

'Dream job' for new Anchor Bay volleyball coach

Go on and pinch Kristy Morrow.

Please not in an aggressive way.

Just to make sure she is not dreaming.

Morrow is the new volleyball coach at Anchor Bay.

"Anchor Bay is an awesome program," said Morrow. "It's a dream job. I graduated from Anchor Bay. I've always wanted to coach a team in the MAC Red Division. I would love to win the MAC Red. We are a really talented team."

Anchor Bay is joined in the MAC Red by Dakota, Eisenhower, Marysville, Romeo and Stevenson.

Morrow graduated from Anchor Bay in 2005. She attended Dakota for three years before transferring. She played three seasons of volleyball at Dakota and then one more at Anchor Bay as a senior.

Following high school, she went on to compete at Ferris State University.

Morrow was hired in June. She replaces Emily Hite.

"Anchor Bay called me. It was a little late when I got hired, but we made it work. The first thing I did was meet the parents to introduce myself," said Morrow.

This is her 10th year coaching. She stayed in Big Rapids after graduating from Ferris State and was a student assistant coach for the Bulldogs.

After one year, she was hired as the varsity volleyball coach at Lutheran North, a position she held for six seasons.

Morrow also spent a season at St. Clair County Community College. Last year, she worked with Denise Sargent at L'Anse Creuse North.

She is also a familiar figure in club volleyball. Morrow is currently on the staff with the Crank It Volleyball Club in Macomb.

Even though this is her debut season at Anchor Bay, Morrow's Tars are not exactly tip toeing into the 2019 campaign.

They are part of a competitive field at the Dakota Invitational. All varsity action will take place on Saturday. Joining the host Cougars and Anchor Bay will be Birmingham Marian, Walled Lake Central, Utica, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, Fraser, Detroit Cass Tech, Romeo, South Lyon East, Lutheran North, Royal Oak, Flushing, Birmingham Seaholm and L'Anse Creuse North.

"There might be some coaches who don't like to start a season against such tough competition, but for me, I like to get thrown right into the mix. It would be awesome to win the tournament, but just to see the other teams and see how we do will be beneficial. Dakota is obviously there and so is Romeo. We all play in the MAC Red together," said Morrow.

Anchor Bay has six returning seniors; libero Khloee Stoll, setter and right side hitter Hannah Benke, defensive specialist Meghan Romanoski, middle hitter Emily Smith, middle hitter Lauren Helzer and Kailyn Heaney, a defensive specialist.

Another key player will be Karlee Stoll, a sophomore setter.

Morrow is a fourth grade teacher at St. John Lutheran in Fraser. She is married to Joe and they have two children; Shane, who is almost three, and one-year-old Luke.

 

  • By Jim Evans jevans@medianewsgroup.com jimevanssports on Twitter