TEXARKANA, Texas — Texas A&M University-Texarkana has added a new sport in women’s volleyball.
The Eagles introduced women’s volleyball as their ninth sport. Madeleine Halford will be the head coach of the program, which will start in the fall.
“We looked at our conference and wanted to find ways to move our conference forward in the sports offerings and number of teams in each sport,” said athletic director Michael Galvan. “We were also looking for a sport to complement the number of registrations.
“We also wanted to add a spectator sport in the fall. People can watch football outside or play volleyball indoors. The program will also attract strong student athletes who will be taking one of our major majors such as Nursing, Kinesiology, Business and Education.”
Coach Halford joins A&M University-Texarkana after a 4-year stint at John Wood Community College in Quincy, Illinois.
“For personal reasons, I wanted to coach at a 4-year college rather than a junior college where I was,” Halford said. “I like to see what I’ve built and what the team has built in four years instead of starting over every year. I think it’s going to be something beautiful that I get to see, get to see the school and see the program I chose the school because everyone was welcoming and there was a family atmosphere.
“Texas is a huge volleyball state and I think we’re going to get some good volleyball recruits. I’m excited about the athleticism Texas will bring.”
The Lady Eagles volleyball team will start practicing at the beginning of August. Halford is in the hiring process.
“I like to see my girls grow as players and as people,” said Halford. “I believe that’s the best part of coaching. I see the girls grow up and grow into great people. I get to be a part of that and it’s a beautiful thing.”
The new coach from Quincy, Illinois, has set a goal to win many games and top the congressional standings. Halford had many solid qualities that made Galvan, the hiring manager, stand out.
“Coach Halford is extremely resourceful and maximizing her efforts with her current situation,” Galvan said. “She can make the most of what she has, which is a perfect fit for us. Because it’s a new program, we’re going to have some hiccups along the way.
“She is passionate and has a dedication like no other. She showed strong leadership qualities not only for women, but for athletes in general. Coach Halford will be a good example for young ladies in this field. She is going to deliver a great performance. ” job for us.”