Cassville moves to fill volleyball coaching void

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Cassville volleyball coach Hannah Ketterman, pictured, has resigned to take a coaching position at Carl Junction. Cassville schools has hired Kyla Walnofer to head the program. Chuck Nickle Special to the Cassville Democrat

Ketterman leaves, Walnofer tapped to be replacement

A late resignation by volleyball coach Hannah Ketterman sent new Cassville Athletic Director Doug Martin on a quick hunt to find a new volleyball coach for the Lady Wildcats last week.

"It's never ideal, this late in the summer to conduct a head coaching search," Martin said. "But, I feel like we got lucky and have picked a great person."

The district has tapped Kyla Walnofer, who coached in Rawlins, Wyo., last season.

"It's kind of a long story of how she landed here," Martin said. "Her parents mover to Jasper a few years back and she was looking for a way to move back to Missouri, and it kind of just worked out."

Ketterman, who had already signed her contract with the Cassville district, was offered and accepted the freshman volleyball coaching job at Carl Junction.

According to Martin, she then requested to be released from her contract so she could move closer to her family.

Cassville agreed to release Ketterman, on the condition that a suitable replacement could be hired, according to Martin.

Walnofer prepped in Nebraska and attended Wayne State College. She was a paid volunteer assistant for Jasper and helped lead the Lady Eagles to the Elite 8.

Martin said he had a pool of applicants that he narrowed to five, interviewimg two before choosing Walnofer.

"I called the coach at Jasper and he gave a glowing recommendation," he said. "The Jasper coach told me they would not have advanced to the final eight if it hadn't been for her ideas and hard work with the players. I feel like we are the lucky ones in landing her."

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