Greenwood’s Coleman signs with Sul Ross volleyball

Edie Coleman helped Greenwood’s volleyball program add a few gold balls to the trophy room last season.

The 2021 District 2-4A MVP led the Rangerettes to an outright District 2-4A championship and number 16 standings at the end of the regular season.

Coleman’s leadership, setting, hitting and passing stood out for Greenwood (36-9), who caught the attention of the Sul Ross State volleyball program.

The 5-foot-9 outside hitter and setter signed on Wednesday at a ceremony at the Greenwood Library at Division III Sul Ross State in Alpine.

Coleman also had interest from Schreiner University in Kerrville and another program in Wyoming, but she was attracted to the Lobos because of her connection to their head coach Troy Canaba.

“I really liked the coaching and his philosophy of Coach Canaba and the atmosphere of the team,” said Coleman.

Coleman was also comfortable with the small town of Alpine.

“I’ve always liked quiet atmospheres and I don’t really like being in a big crowd, so I think it suited me perfectly,” Coleman said.

Coleman meant the world for the Rangerettes, as she led District 2-4A in assists last season.

She was also the 2020 District 2-4A Outstanding Setting of the Year as a junior and a first-team selection across the district as a sophomore.

“She’s a great leader,” said Rangerettes head coach Amy Long. “She always encourages her teammates to get better. She left a legacy. Those girls know what a real leader looks like because they see it in Edie. She doesn’t just talk about being a leader. She shows them on the see the floor.”

“They will be big shoes to fill,” Long added.

Coleman earned the ultimate mark of respect during her last two seasons as her Greenwood teammates elected her team captain and the team’s MVP in both years.

“It has been a real honor to lead these girls to become the best athletes they can be and I hope I have left a good mark on this program,” Coleman said.

In addition to her Greenwood honors, Coleman played on a Texas 432 club team that reached the USA Volleyball Junior National Championship Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada last summer. The team consisted of Greenwood players and several Legacy players.

“I think they really pushed me to be the best player I could be with just the speed of the game and expected more from my athletic skills,” Coleman said of playing for Texas 432.

Coleman fell in love with volleyball when she first started playing the sport in fifth grade, but she believed college-level play was possible when she reached eighth grade. That dream came true on Wednesday.

She plans to study kinesiology at Sul Ross.

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