The Port Arthur News
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.