Photo | Shane Rice
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many athletic departments have pulled back their activities. For Bishop State Community College, it appears the time has come to spread its wings.
The two-year school located in downtown Mobile has announced they are expanding their sports program with the addition of women’s volleyball. The Wildcats’ new head coach is legendary mentor Nicole Keshock.
“We have been looking at increasing our department, and volleyball has been discussed for a while,” said Trenton Eager, who serves as Bishop State’s athletic director and women’s basketball coach. “With the layout of Mobile County and its school systems, we know how big volleyball is in this region.
“There are so many kids looking for an opportunity to move on to the next level. We wanted to expand, and we said there was no better time than the present.”
The advertisement for a coach eventually came across Keshock’s desk. As the head of the Mobile Storm youth program, she was asked if she knew of anyone who would be interested.
“I said I would look into it, but the more I stared at the application I thought it was something for me,” she said. “Coach Eager was very happy that I accepted the position. They had a lot of good candidates, so I feel honored that I was chosen.”
Keshock played at Bowling Green State University. She has coached at Heidelberg College, University of Findlay, Eastern Michigan University, University of South Alabama and University of West Florida. In fact, she started the volleyball squad in Pensacola.
“I wasn’t thinking about getting back into college coaching,” said Keshock, whose daughter Kayla is a freshman on the Samford University volleyball team. “This being Bishop’s first-ever program, it really made it attractive. I like building things from scratch and bringing in my own players.”
Despite dealing with the pandemic, Keshock said this is actually a perfect time to start the team.
“Because of the NCAA and NJCAA offering an extra year of eligibility, it has put a strain on the 2021 and 2022 recruiting classes,” she said. “There are so many incredible student-athletes available. It is the opportunity for Bishop State to get a hold of some of these players.”
Bishop will compete in the fall semester. Keshock hopes to have 14 to 16 players on the roster. Her goal is to have half the team incoming freshmen, along with some sophomore transfers.
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