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West Hall names new volleyball coach
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At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Joe Nelson, who started the volleyball program at North Hall High School, will be introduced as the new volleyball coach at West Hall.

Nelson, a health teacher at West Hall Middle who has been out of coaching for five years, takes over for Loren Hauck.

"I feel like I still have something to give to the kids," Nelson said of why he decided to take the position, "and I got asked.

"The Lord gave me talents to (coach), so I want to do it again."

As a coach at both North Hall and in Charlotte, N.C., Nelson amassed a 303-147 record, a region championship in Charlotte and was twice region runner-up with North Hall.

He was named 7-AAA Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2004 and took the Lady Trojans to the state playoffs four times.

"(Current North Hall coach) Emi Hughes played for me at North Hall as well as some others in and around the area and state," Nelson said. "I’m sure they’re going to relish the thought of whipping up on their former coach."

The 2008 Lady Spartans went 17-26 under first-year coach Hauck who took over for Sharon Qualls.

Qualls coached volleyball at West Hall for seven years and in her coaching tenure, not only started the Lady Spartans’ volleyball program, but also led her teams to five 20-win seasons, five state tournaments, one region title and one state Final Four appearance. Qualls was also named Region 7-AAA Coach of the Year four times.

Nelson is well aware of the past successes of the program he will be taking over, but has greater overall goals in mind for the girls who will play under him.

"I want to have a winning record of course, but I want to teach these kids some values for lifelong skills," Nelson said. "That’s what got me into coaching in the first place."

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