In an interview before she was formally introduced to players and parents Tuesday evening, new Arab volleyball coach Jamiee Moran said one reason she took the Lady Knights’ position is because of what she knew about the community’s support for the program.
“One of the reasons I was so eager to come here is because the parents and the administration are so supportive,” she said. “I’m a firm believer that, the more supportive the parents are, the more successful you can be.”
Minutes later, after the Arab High School media room began to fill up, Moran said to no one in particular, “I can’t believe this turnout!”
Indeed, support for the program – including the junior high teams – was evidenced by the large turnout for the hastily called “meet and greet.” Upward of a hundred people showed up to meet the new coach and new assistant, Shelby Brothers, who will coach the junior varsity team and assist Moran with the varsity.
It was not a standing-room-only crowd only because school administrators kept bringing chairs into the room. By the time Moran was finishing her remarks, two sides of the room were lined with spectators, behind the six or so tables that also were full.
“I am blessed to be here,” Moran said after AHS Principal John Ingram introduced her and Brothers. “I am so excited to get started.”
Much of the subject matter of the meeting dealt with details that need to be addressed quickly, like apparel purchases, summer scheduling and communication between players and coaches. Moran also said, even though tryouts already have been held, she planned to hold another evaluation day, sometime during the third week of June.
Then she laid out her expectations for players and parents – but mainly players.
“You’re going to be student-athletes first. I don’t accept failing grades,” Moran said, adding she would do all she could do to help stuggling students.
“Social media – remember, you are representing me, Coach Brothers and Arab. Please don’t post anything you don’t want me to see.
“And I also expect you to work hard, and I will always push you to do your best. You may not know what that is, but the coaches will learn what that is.
“I will give you 110 percent and I expect 110 percent from you.”
Moran said she’s fully aware she’s got some big shoes to fill at Arab. The Lady Knights, 46-15 this past season under Cassie Mullinax, advanced to the final four for the third time in the last four seasons.
Mullinax’s teams did that after her dad, Bobby Daniels, built Arab into a state power. Daniels last season won his first state championship at Jasper.
“I’m eager to fill those footsteps,” Moran said.
In addressing Tuesday’s crowd, Moran added:
“I know you’ve been to the (state final four) three of the last four years and won a north regional. I talked to some of the girls on the team last week and some of them said they wanted to win the state this year.
“I’m all for that. I want to put a ring on that finger.”
Moran and her husband, Brandon, have one child: Brayden, 2.