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New Lady Vikings volleyball head coach Mitchell McKinney takes over a Lady Vikings volleyball
program that returns all but two players from last year’s club. Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-08-14 15:47:37
Last modified: 2013-08-14 15:47:37

McKinney tabbed as new Lady Vikings volleyball head coach

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Avery High School graduate and former Mitchell High School volleyball and basketball coach Mitchell McKinney has returned to his alma mater to take over the Lady Vikings volleyball program.

McKinney was hired by Avery County Schools as an ISS instructor at Avery Middle School in mid-July, and was named AHS volleyball coach shortly thereafter, beginning tryouts on Thursday, Aug. 1.

“It’s been a great experience so far,” McKinney said. “Mitchell County was really good to me. There are a lot of good people there, but this is where I’m from, so I’m excited to be back in Avery County. The drive is also a thousand times better as well.”

McKinney brings an impressive coaching résumé to Avery. McKinney began his coaching career coaching football at West McDowell Middle School in Marion and also spent a short time assisting former AHS boys varsity head basketball coach Bo Manis when he coached the Avery Middle School Panthers boys basketball team. He moved on to nearby Mitchell, where he has spent the past three years coaching junior varsity and varsity volleyball, in addition to serving for several seasons as boys junior varsity basketball head coach and varsity basketball assistant coach.

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