Volner coaching Bethel

Amanda Lowrance

Volner coaching Bethel

Bethel Springs’ new head softball coach Stacey Montgomery Volner begins the first day of practice with hitting and catching. Staff Photo by Amanda Lowrance

Bethel Springs Elementary teacher Stacey Montgomery Volner stepped up for the position of head softball coach of the Lady Rebels, after the resignation of former Coach Sherry Smith.

Montgomery moved from Selmer to Lexington last summer when she married Joey Volner in June. The two became parents in January to a baby girl, Mekenzi, who arrived nine weeks early.

“It was a crazy first year for us, but she is six months and doing great,” said Volner.

As a child, Stacey began softball at eight years old and continued to play until she graduated from McNairy Central in 2003 with a scholarship to play at Dyersburg State Community College.

She played two years in college and transferred to the University of Tennessee Martin to pursue a teaching degree.

In 2004, Stacey was recognized on the All Region VII All-Academic Team for DSCC Lady Eagles.

Stacey is going into her third year as a sixth grade math teacher for Bethel Springs Elementary.

“We are young and we have an outstanding group of girls,” said Volner. “The majority of them have played since they were little. A lot of our sixth graders are going to have starting positions. They are that good.”

The young, excited teacher wanted to try on the coaching hat to see if there is still a place for her on field. Volner has a love for the game and looks forward to a new season.