New coach

Pisgah varsity girls basketball coach Carey Ellison will serve as the school's head volleyball coach this season.

Carey Ellison has been a head coach or an assistant coach for five different sports during his 26-year coaching career.

He is about to add another one to his resume.

Ellison will serve as Pisgah’s head volleyball coach this coming season. He takes over for Ali Duke, whose teaching contract was non-renewed at the end of the school year.

Ellison is the fourth all-time head coach of the now eight-year-old program. 

“I just wanted to [the players] to have the opportunity. It’s late in the summer and the options were few at the moment. I’m here to bridge it until we’re in position for them to hire a true volleyball coach next year. I’m learning the game, but I feel like I do know how to coach players and I think I can be a positive [in that regard].”

Ellison, a 2016 Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, has been Pisgah’s girls basketball coach since the 1996-97 season, leading the Eagles to three state championships and six state runner-up finishes. He also served a stint as the school’s head golf coach and has had stints as an assistant coach for baseball, softball and football.

Ellison said he’s been “studying the game” of volleyball. 

“I’m playing catch up,” he said. “It is a lot more difficult than people realize. The good thing for us is we’ve got some good athletes that played last year and coach Duke did a good job of teaching them and training them. So they’re ahead of the game, even if I’m not.”

Porter to coach Pisgah baseball — Cole Porter has been hired as the head baseball coach at Pisgah.

Porter, a 2013 Plainview alum who grew up in the Pisgah area before moving, will do so in a non-faculty position. Porter will also serve as an assistant football coach for the Pisgah football team.

Porter recently finished his college baseball career at Martin Methodist University in Pulaski, Tennessee. He was three-time all-state selection for the Bears from 2011-13.

Porter was also Plainview’s starting quarterback for three seasons.

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