The team that has recorded the most wins in a season at CBA, with 8 last year, has a new head coach. With the departure of Abigail Douglas, who is having her first child and decided to step away from coaching, Cheyenne Burnett jumped at the opportunity to lead the Middle School Volleyball team at Clayton-Bradley Academy. Cheyenne was a part of championship teams at the high school and college level in volleyball and softball as well. Sterling High School Volleyball in Indiana is one of the top programs in the state, where she played and coached. Burnett played her college softball at Upper Iowa University. She moved to the Knoxville area recently to work, heard about the opportunity at CBA and could not pass it up. It is a growing program that had no 8th graders last year and looks to have everyone back this year. Multiple girls are doing offseason training with club teams and individual workouts.
Coach Burnett said, "I am excited to be coaching at Clayton-Bradley with these younger girls. My previous experience has been with high schoolers. But, I feel like I will be able to work with these girls to help them develop skills that they can use both on and off the court. I have had great experiences with volleyball as both a player and a coach. I played 4 years in high school as a setter, hitter, and libero, gaining experience and knowledge in each position. I have worked coaching in both a school and a club setting and hope to be able use what I learned to build a strong team at Clayton-Bradley."
Athletic Director Grant Redmond stated, "We are excited to have Coach Cheyenne Burnett's experience and leadership for our Middle School Girls' Volleyball Program. Volleyball is our main sport for girls at the school and we believe she is going to help us grow that popularity and winning. Even more important than that, is that we believe she is going to keep instilling the same type of Lifeskills and Life-Long Guidelines that all CBA students are known for."
Be on the lookout for these Middle School Girls as they grow in their game and personally from Coach Burnett's leadership. We cannot wait to see them play in the fall.