Anna High School has a new assistant coach for both volleyball and softball. It’s one Kristen Massey, 22, a multi-sport athlete from Lake Worth and a two-year volleyball starter for Austin College.
Massey earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from AC, with a minor in Education and Exercise Sports Studies. She’s currently enrolled in the school’s Masters of Arts and Teaching program.
“I was interested in Anna because I know that it’s a growing district,” Massey said on June 26 in Van Alstyne. “And it has some great opportunities for me as a first-year teacher. The opportunity to teach and coach is something I’ve really been interested in.”
At Lake Worth High School, Massey played volleyball, ran track, was a cheerleader and powerlifted. That left little time for much else, but still she kept the books for Lady Frogs softball and became familiar with the game’s rules and concepts. “I’m still continuously learning the different strategies of the game,” she said.
As for volleyball, Massey said, “The basics of hitting and blocking are very important to me. If you get the basics, you can really do anything you want on the front row. I’m very technical when it comes to hitting and blocking. To instill that in my players is something I look forward to doing at Anna.”
Massey will also teach Physical Education at Anna Middle School.
“We’re excited to have Coach Massey as part of our coaching team,” Anna girls athletic coordinator and head volleyball coach Tomika Crosby said via email. “She will be a valued addition to our program for both volleyball and softball.”
In softball, Massey will serve with new head coach Jennifer Sluder who moved up from assistant coach when Lindsey Gage departed for Ridge Point, near Houston.
Ed Garza was Massey’s head volleyball coach at Austin College. During her four years there, Massey also helped Garza coach Select volleyball and assisted with his popular clinics across North Texas, including some at Anna. “It just seemed like a good place to work,” Massey said, “and the kids seemed really nice and they were hard-working.”
“Kristen was a very outstanding young lady, just her character and everything,” Garza said by phone from Indianapolis on Sunday. “That’s why I recruited her to come to Austin College. … We had two juniors that were ahead of her and they were both 6-2. So she had to work pretty hard to earn her spot, and she did after two years.”
“She’s an experienced player so she understands a lot of the things the kids are going through. … She’ll be able to motivate kids to give their best performance.
“Kristen always prepared herself to be ready to compete. She also does a lot of video. That’s one thing a lot of high school coaches probably don’t have much experience with right now, breaking down video. She’ll be a great asset. Of course, she’ll learn a lot from Coach Crosby. In the classroom, she’s going to be amazing too. Anna’s got a win-win situation.”