SPRING VALLEY — Megan Nation is returning to the Illinois Valley to take over the Hall Lady Red Devil volleyball program. And she couldn’t be more excited.
The former L-P and IVCC standout was named this week as the new Lady Devil coach. She was the head coach at Aurora University the past three seasons.
“I’m just thrilled to be back home,” said the 2001 L-P grad. “I came home in November, and heard both the Ottawa and Hall positions were open. People kept telling me to put in for them. I was just excited they wanted to interview me. Now that I have the job, I can’t stop smiling.”
Nation takes over for Amanda Coutts, who resigned after a one-year stint.
The new Lady Devil coach wants to get to know the girls at Hall because outside of three players she knows from club, she said she’s going to go in “pretty blind,” but noted, it will be a “fresh start and a clean slate for everyone.”
While making the move from the college ranks to high school may be a bit different, Nation looks for a smooth transition having coached all different age groups with club ball.
“I know I can’t treat high school players like I do college. I’ll get the feel of the girls and see what kind of personalities I have,” she said.
“She definitely has experience, and it doesn’t just start and end with college,” Hall athletic director Eric Bryant said. “She’s worked her way up through club ball, high school and college. She’s pretty much done every level as far as coaching and playing. She’s very well-rounded as far as that goes.”
Nation was a two-time All-Conference and an All-Academic selection at IVCC. She then played two years at Benedictine University, where she was a two-year Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference All-Conference recipient.
She spent three seasons on the coaching staff at North Central College, where she received her master’s degree in liberal studies in 2010. She’s also coached for several club teams,including IV
• Hall also recently gained a new coach for girls soccer with Darcy Earley named to replace Harlan Franklin, who resigned. Earley also coaches volleyball, basketball at Hall and previously coached softball.
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