Former Cardinal new VB coach for G.F. Lady Tigers
CARROLL COUNTY -- New Green Forest volleyball coach Kayla Madewell won't have any trouble adjusting to the red-and-white colors her Lady Tigers will wear this season.
She wore red-and-white for years at Farmington, where she had an outstanding high school basketball career before signing to play Division I college ball at the University of Mississippi in 1999.
Madewell was on the job Wednesday, learning some details about her new job from fellow coaches Jim Goins and Bill Niven.
So how did Madewell, the Morning News (Springdale) Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999, find out about the opening in Green Forest.
"It was on the internet," Madewell said Wednesday, adding, "It was close to where I'm from in northwest Arkansas."
Madewell will be the head junior and senior high volleyball coach, with Brandon Stone as her assistant. She will assist Jim Goins in girls basketball during the winter, then be head softball coach in the spring, with Stone again assisting.
Madewell will also teach health and physical education and said, "I'm looking forward to it. I'm ready to get started."
No kidding. She has already scheduled the first practice for junior and senior high volleyball for Monday, Aug. 1, at 9 a.m. in Tiger gym.
As for the program she is taking over, Madewell said, "I know the team finished in the top four in their conference and went to state the last two years. I've heard great reports that the girls work hard."
Madewell knows about hard work, and the positive results that can come from it. A few of her high school accomplishments were:
Farmington career leading scorer- 2,124 pts; Farmington career leading rebounder- 1,198 rebs; two 3A state tournament records- 6 3-pointers in one game, and 41 points in one game; All-Conference, All-Region, and All-State in 1997-98-99; KURM Dream Team Player of the Year- 1998; Northwest Arkansas Times 3A Athlete of the Year- 1999; Democrat-Gazette All Arkansas Team- 1998-99; and many more.
At the college level, Madewell played three years at Ole Miss in the SEC, lettered three years, then transferred to Henderson State University in Arkadelphia in 2002.
"I had gotten real sick, and my parents wanted me to stop," Madewell said. "Coach Jeff Caldwell at HSU knew and called me and said come play, and then I could coach. He knew I wanted to be a coach. It was a great opportunity and I took it."
Madewell played her one remaining year and was selected Team Captain and Most Valuable Player for 2002-03, then switched hats and became a student coach for the team. In 2004 she stepped into a graduate assistants job with the Lady Reddies while she was earning a masters degree in sports administration.
Madewell is proud of the fact that she earned 100 percent of her college expenses through athletic scholarships, and 100 percent of her master's expenses through that assistantship.
Now she's ready to go to work in the Lady Tiger athletic programs and brings a wealth of experience, not only from the college level, but in the 1AAA league that Green Forest competes in.
Her loyalties won't be torn, either, as she doesn't have to face her former team, the Farmington Cardinals and Coach Brad Blew, as they moved to the 4AAA conference for this cycle.
She's on campus and ready to go. The Lady Tigers also better be ready, as Madewell has always competed at the highest levels of any sport she has been associated with and will expect the same at Green Forest.