Marble Falls promotes assistant to head volleyball coach spot

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO

Assistant volleyball coach Tanya Powers has accepted the head coaching job at Marble Falls High School. Courtesy photo

Assistant volleyball coach Tanya Powers has accepted the head coaching job at Marble Falls High School. Courtesy photo

MARBLE FALLS — Tanya Powers is the new head volleyball coach at Marble Falls High School. She was an assistant coach in 2017 under previous head coach, Jessica Withrow.

The Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees approved her promotion during its regular meeting Feb. 19.

Withrow resigned to take the same job at Brownwood High School several weeks ago but will finish out the school year at Marble Falls as an assistant track coach.

MFISD athletic director Rick Hoover said he is a big advocate of promoting from within the staff.

“If you feel they can do the job and are qualified, we owe it to our coaches to promote from within, if at all possible,” he said. “(Powers) has the impressive résumè on multiple levels. She’s a great teacher, and the kids love her.”

Before coming to Marble Falls, Powers was a head coach at two high schools in Minnesota: Medford (2013-16) and Parkers Prairie (2010-13). Before that, she was the head volleyball coach at Yuma Senior High School in Arizona from 1992-2000.

Her husband, Rich, is a Marble Falls High School assistant coach for boys basketball and track.

“We feel blessed to work and live in Marble Falls,” Tanya Powers said in a statement. “It has been an amazing year for my family. My husband and I are looking forward to great things for our athletes in the future. I know the girls and love the girls. I can’t wait to work with them in this capacity.”

The Lady Mustangs recently ended a seven-year district losing streak. In 2016, they won a district set against Lockhart during a best-of-five match. Then, last season, they won three district contests.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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