, Port Arthur, Texas


July 17, 2013

Nederland hires new volleyball coach Justeen Coulson

NEDERLAND — With volleyball workouts beginning in about three weeks, Nederland head coach Toni Leach would normally be preparing for the upcoming season. This season is a little different, though, as Leach informed her players last week that she was stepping down from her position as head coach effective immediately.

Nederland athletic director Larry Neumann worked quickly, though, settling on the Lady Bulldogs’ next head coach a week later. Justeen Coulson was officially confirmed as the next head volleyball coach at Nederland on Wednesday.

“With workouts starting soon, we wanted to get something done quickly,” Neumann said. “We were fortunate, in my opinion, to get someone with (Coulson’s) background. We’re pleased with the caliber of coach she has been and we’re fortunate this late to get someone like her. We had some very qualified candidates, but we think she’ll be a great choice.”

Coulson was the head volleyball coach at Class 5A Belton, going 64-87 in four years there. She reached the playoffs for three straight seasons with all-state player Grace Weaver before falling to 5-31 overall in 2011.

Previously, Coulson was a volunteer assistant volleyball coach at Kansas in 2007 and played collegiately for the University of Iowa and Barton County Community College. In high school, Coulson won the 2001 Class 2A state championship at Florida’s Tampa Preparatory. She also was recognized on the Florida all-state teams all four years in high school from 1998-2001.

Coulson’s husband, Jacob, is the defensive coordinator and strength coach at Hamshire-Fannett. Previously, he was the strength coah at Florence, where he coached with his father, Rickey, who is now the offensive coordinator at Killeen Ellison.

Coulson was out of coaching last year to spend time with her family.

In other coaching news at Nederland, secondary coach Terry Pool has retired after nine years with the program. Neumann confirmed he has hired a replacement in Michael Todd. The former East Chambers secondary coach will fill the same role on the Bulldogs staff.

Another coaching move is more uncertain. Receivers coach Brian Spell has accepted an assistant principal position with the high school. Neumann is searching for a replacement on his staff, but if he is unable to hire someone by the beginning of the season, Spell will remain on as receivers coach this season.

Football workouts also begin on August 5.

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  • Bassmaster Elites are coming back

    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
    It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
    Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
    • East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
    • Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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  • Mid County knocked out of tournament

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    First things first, give Clint Landry and the rest of the officials credit for making the Southwest Regional Babe Ruth tournament possible this weekend at Nederland High School.

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    There are certain limitations to fishing without a boat.

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    Thursday nights Summer Money League produced some very impressive scores.

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  • Babe Ruth.jpg Mid County Babe Ruth set to host Southwest Regional

    The Mid County Babe Ruth 18U team is once again knocking on the World Series door. Mid County will host the Southwest Regional at Nederland High School starting today. Mid County’s first game of the tournament is slated for 7 p.m. Friday against Pine Bluff, Ark. Thursday was a special day for Mid County Babe Ruth as two locals, Jimmy Collins (shown speaking) and Skip Hopkins (back left) were inducated intot he Southwest Regional Babe Ruth Hall of Fame. Both Hopkins and Collins have been involved in Babe Ruth for over 40 consecutive years either as player, coach or board member. There are nine teams in the tournament with the winner headed to Washington state for the World Series.

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