Watters duo hired at Carbon Hill

Carbon Hill coming off runner up finish in 2018

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 6/19/19

CARBON HILL — At Jackson Prep School in Mississippi, the volleyball coaching duo of Pollyann and Ross Watters looked to establish the sport at the private school.

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Watters duo hired at Carbon Hill

Carbon Hill coming off runner up finish in 2018

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CARBON HILL — At Jackson Prep School in Mississippi, the volleyball coaching duo of Pollyann and Ross Watters looked to establish the sport at the private school.

Now at Carbon Hill High School, the Watters take over a proven program used to winning at the highest level.

Pollyann, formerly Scruggs, was hired as the Carbon Hill High School head volleyball coach in May while Ross officially came on board earlier this month. They replace former coach Saige Beaty, who left the school to become the assistant principal at Curry High School.

Pollyann graduated from Walker High School in 2012 and continued her playing career at Mississippi College, where she met Ross. The two will celebrate their four-year anniversary next month.

“We talked about moving back closer to Jasper because of family here, then the job came open,” Pollyann said. “They called and we were like, now is the time, so we started thinking about it. Once it happened, everything started falling into place. We are really excited about it.”

“This was a good opportunity to go ahead and jump on because we might not get the chance to teach and coach at the same place,” Ross added. “We are better coaches together than we are separate.”

Both will teach science at Carbon Hill.

The Watters’ inherit a team that finished as the Class 3A State Tournament runner up last season to Montgomery Academy, closing the season at 65-7.

However, the Lady Bulldogs will have to reload after losing UNA signee Alyssa Dutton along with Lacey Evans, Sidney Keeton and Abby Martin, Karlie Ratliff and Maria Hayes to graduation.

During their previous coaching stop, the Watters’ goal was to increase the interest in volleyball at the Jackson, Miss., private school. Carbon Hill has won 203 matches over the last three years.

“This is a little bit different from what our past experience has been. Our past experience was really building a program. This is coming to an established program and trying to continue it growing,” said Ross, who took an interest in volleyball while watching Pollyann’s matches at Mississippi College.

The Watters’ first coach job was at the middle school level while Pollyann was still in school.

“It was a big learning experience. We had a couple of jobs before, and it was great just to get the experience and to see what we didn’t know, because when you are young you don’t know anything,” Pollyann said. “At our last job, we were first-time head coaches. We had to do the gear and do a budget, stuff like that for the first time. It opened our eyes and gave us good experience. In coming here, we aren’t stressed out about that stuff. We are still learning, but we feel more comfortable.”

Pollyann said the reception at Carbon Hill has been positive.

“Everybody in the community has been so nice. Teachers have reached out and said “Welcome to Carbon Hill.’ The players, too,” she said.

The team will play summer dates beginning later this month at Curry. The Bulldogs are also going to Hartselle, Guntersville, Good Hope and Wallace State for play dates.