Chumley takes 3rd COY
CONWAY – Add Benton Lady Panthers’ volleyball Head Coach Brandy Chumley to the list of 2014 Benton award winners. On Wednesday night, Chumley was honored as the Outstanding Coach of the Year by the Arkansas High School Coaches Association at the AHSCA All Star Game in the Farris Center in Conway.
Benton softball Coach Heidi Cox and Benton Athletic Director Steve Quinn were also also received the top honor in the state. For Chumley, it was the third time she received Outstanding Coach of the Year, as she won in 2006-07 and 2011-12.
The Lady Panthers were dominate this season in the 7A/6A South Conference. Benton swept every match in conference play as the Lady Panthers finished 23-4 overall on the year, losing an instant classic to Jonesboro in the 6A State Championship match, losing the final game 16-14.
“All year we knew it was special and we believed we could do it and we just fell a little short,” Chumley said. “I think this group coming up will remember that feeling and work hard to get back there.”
Chumley knew this past season was going to be special from the beginning as she said the chemistry of this team was the best she had ever seen. And with one of the biggest (number-wise) teams in school history, the excellent chemistry was an impressive feat.
“This is one of our biggest groups and everybody seems to be getting along really well,” Chumley said at the beginning of the season. “It’s not a team your have to worry about all the time. You would think with so many (there may be some hostility), but they’ve had great attitudes and it’s been real pleasant so far.”
Chumley served as an all star assistant coach for the West on Wednesday at the Farris Center.
“This award goes to all the people that work with me, my kids, my junior high, my assistant coaches,” Chumley said. “This is not just mine, it’s all of theirs. I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”