Walker's Wright earns Volleyball Coach of the Year honors
by Johnathan Bentley
Dec 19, 2013 | 1420 views | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker volleyball coach Glenda Wright led the Vikings to a 44-25 and their first ever trip to the Elite Eight State Volleyball Tournament. Photo courtesy Todd Thompson
Walker volleyball coach Glenda Wright led the Vikings to a 44-25 and their first ever trip to the Elite Eight State Volleyball Tournament. Photo courtesy Todd Thompson
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Glenda Wright has a history at the state volleyball tournament.

Now, thanks to the veteran coach, Walker High School's volleyball program made some history of its own.

Before coming to Walker, Wright garnered six state championships during a 30-plus-year career at Hazel Green High School in Madison County.

She added yet another state tournament trip to her resume this season, guiding Walker to the Elite Eight State Volleyball Tournament for the first time in school history this season.

Wright is the Daily Mountain Eagle's Volleyball Coach of the Year.

Through the years, Walker had put together good seasons, but had never earned a spot in the state tournament.

That all changed this season, under the leadership of Wright and assistant coach Karen Atkins.

"I am extremely proud of the girls. They worked hard since the summer," Wright said. "Plus, we played a stronger schedule than we ever have. Coach Atkins does an awesome job of preparing our players for the schedule we play."

The Vikings, who finished 44-25, won the area tournament for the first time in recent history and placed fourth in the North Super-Regional Tournament in Huntsville, knocking off fifth-ranked Muscle Shoals in an elimination match along the way.

From there, the Vikings advanced to the Elite Eight State Tournament.

Top-ranked St. Paul's ended the Vikings run, but didn't spoil a ground-breaking season.

"I feel like they broke the ice by getting there," Wright said of Walker's trip to the state tournament. "Now they know what it's all about and it's something to work toward and look forward to. I'm hoping for bigger and better things next year."