Posted 9 months ago
By John Axtell
CHADRON – Interim Chadron State College head volleyball coach Janel Baily now has the job on a permanent basis. Athletic Director Brad Smith announced Baily’s hiring Tuesday.
“We are fortunate to have someone like Janel as our head coach,” Smith said. “She is a great coach and she really helped us out during a difficult circumstance last fall. I’m looking forward to some big things in our volleyball program.”
Baily had been an unsuccessful applicant for the CSC job in 2011 when Natasha Marquis was hired, but was Smith’s first choice as interim when Marquis unexpectedly resigned last summer to take a Division-1 assistant’s job.
She’s thrilled to now officially be the 13th head coach in the program’s history. “I am excited to have the official position,” she said. “I am looking forward to building a much more competitive program. I am grateful for the opportunity and I would like to thank the administration and the community for their support.”
The Eagles struggled in Baily’s season as interim head coach with 5-24 overall record and a 2-17 mark in conference play, but both were still improvements from the previous season and include the team’s first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victories in over two years.
Baily emphasized academics as well, and saw success on that front as 9 players received RMAC All-Academic honors and senior outside hitter Mollie Jones earned all-district honors. She also signed 3 top recruits, including a junior college All-American, despite her “interim” title.
Baily played one season at Troy University before spending 2002-04 at Western State, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology. After her playing career ended, she coached for the Juggernaut Volleyball Club in Denver and was a full-time assistant at her alma mater, Western State, from 2006-09.
Baily came to Chadron in 2009 when her husband and Chadron State alum Ryan Baily was named the Eagles head track and field coach. She was a volunteer assistant for volleyball coach Amy Spruiell, a teammate at Western State, and began work on a master’s degree in organizational management that she is on pace to complete this summer.
The Bailys are the parents of two children, Jayden and Trenton.