Traveled coach takes MHS helm
Rachel Webb has played college volleyball in Alabama and later crossed the Atlantic Ocean to coach it.
Now, she has a team in McLouth.
The Bulldogs' newest coach, Webb opened practice Monday with a 24-member squad at McLouth High.
Webb only has been with her new team for a few days during a camp this summer, so she is still trying to become more familiar with her squad.
"Right now I'm still going in with an open mind," Webb said about seeing who will play where. "Anybody could step up to take that position."
A volleyball player for Jacksonville State from 1992 to 1995, Webb also coached in Vilseck, Germany, for an American Department of Defense school. She also was a substitute teacher during that time.
"There wasn't much you could do with a degree over there," Webb said.
Webb has an education degree from Jacksonville State and is working toward certification in Kansas.
Earlier this month she attended a weeklong coaches clinic in Topeka. And on top of that, she and her husband, Jeff, have a 12-month-old daughter named Amanda, who keeps the couple quite busy.
The summer also has been hectic because of an accident at the family's business -- Jefferson's restaurant in downtown Lawrence. A fire in the second story of the building caused some damage to the restaurant, which the couple has owned the last three years. Jeff also has owned a Jefferson's in Alabama since 1991.
"Everything's great," Rachel said. "We were closed for a couple weeks, but we're opened now.
"We were a little stressed."
Webb's assistant is longtime McLouth coach Jeanie Thompson.
"She's been with the program for a while," Webb said. "She knows the kids, she knows the school and the girls, and she's been a lot of help."