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Franklin-Simpson welcomes Jerred Long as new volleyball head coach

Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 4:07 PM CDT
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FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) - Franklin-Simpson High school has announced Jerred Long as the new head coach for the Lady Wildcats volleyball program.

This will be Long’s first head coaching job. Prior to Franklin-Simpson, Long served as a coach for SKEVA and a trainer in volleyball skills with Elite Training Academy in Bowling Green, working with both individuals and groups to teach and refine all volleyball skills.

“That’s really where I got my experience developing talent,” Long said. “Taking kids from the ground floor in certain aspects and really building them up into successful volleyball players.”

Long said he views himself as a student of the game and is constantly trying to absorb more information to help him as a coach. Long even tries to learn from studying coaches like Western Kentucky’s head volleyball coach Travis Hudson.

“Looking at their approaches, how they handle their athletes, how they manage games,” Long said.

Long steps in for Megan Vincent who coached the Lady Wildcats from 2016-2019. Last season Franklin-Simpson finished 6-17 but Long said the volleyball program has a solid foundation he hopes to build upon.

“They’re good kids, they’re smart kids, and they’re athletes,” Long said. “If you have those three options and those three ingredients, then you have a recipe for a winning program.”

Long said Franklin-Simpson has several athletic programs that are very successful such as football. Long hopes to build volleyball to a similar status.

“The tides are changing at Franklin to be truly a contender down the road and that starts now,” Long said. “I think it’s going to take changing the culture. There are other sports at Franklin that are very successful like their football program and that’s something I want to generate even further in the volleyball program. Give them one more thing to be proud of and really get behind.”

COVID-19 has created challenges that all coaches are facing. This offseason is unlike any other and features multiple hoops teams have to jump through just to have athletes take part at a bare minimum. For Long, one of the biggest challenges he’s facing is not having a length of time to effectively implement a change in an offensive or defensive scheme.

“As the season stands now, we’re not going to have that much time after tryouts before we play our first game,” Long said. “It gives us about three weeks after tryouts, just a little under that. So that will be a challenge but it’s a challenge I think both myself and the kids are ready for.”

Tryouts for Franklin-Simpson are currently planned for August 3.

Long said while he wants to build a winning program, he most importantly wants to develop his player beyond the court and prepare them to be contributing citizens to society.

“I just want to be regarded as somebody that did their players right, that worked for their students,” Long said. “That’s why I’m here.”

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