Stephanie Harrell to Step Down as Head Volleyball Coach

MACON, Ga. – The FPD volleyball program will see a new leader come August, as Stephanie Harrell announced today she will not return as head coach of the Lady Vikings.

Harrell cites the primary reason for not returning is to be closer to her family.

“This was a tough decision for me,” Harrell said. “FPD is an amazing place to be and everyone here does wonderful things. I will miss the players and students a lot.”

Athletic Director Greg Moore says the school is thankful for Harrell’s efforts.

“We appreciate Stephanie’s hard work in advancing the growth of our volleyball program,” Moore said. “She is a very fine educator and coach that genuinely cares about the development of her players.”

The Georgia Tech graduate has built a solid foundation for FPD’s second-youngest varsity sport. The Lady Vikings have advanced to the first round of the GHSA Class-A State Playoffs the past two years since becoming a varsity sport in 2012.

“Over the past three years we have expanded the program to include four total teams, including a very competitive varsity program,” Harrell said. “I think it says a lot that we not only hosted the region tournament but made a serious run at the championship title.”

Several Lady Vikings have also garnered accolades under Harrell’s watch.

Senior Olivia Taylor was named All-Middle Georgia in 2012 and 2013 while also picking up an All-Region nod.

Lizzie Lisenby and Katy Hall were named All-Region in 2012 as Callie Wilson earned a spot on the All-Region team this past season.

“Our juniors are some great leaders and I know they’ll really take charge of next year’s team and be positive role models for the younger girls,” Harrell said. “I have very high expectations for next season and beyond!”

FPD finished the 2013 campaign at 17-21-3 and overall with Harrell at the helm, the Lady Vikings stand at 27-40-3.

Added Moore: “We wish her nothing but the best as she pursues new options in her career.”

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