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FSCC hires volleyball coach

Monday, November 29, 2010

Lindsay Hill was selected for the position of Fort Scott Community College head volleyball coach November 19, and has already jumped into her new role.

"FSCC was looking for a leader who could come into this position and make the necessary changes to move our women's volleyball program to the next level," Athletic Director J.D. Ettore said. "After all of the interviews were completed, it became apparent that Lindsay was the right person for the position."

Hill comes to FSCC after two years as the top assistant women's volleyball coach at Pittsburg State University. Prior to her time at Pittsburg State she served as head women's volleyball coach at Neosho County Community College in Chanute from 2004-07.

"I am very excited to be the next head women's volleyball coach," Hill said. "I am very grateful to J.D. Ettore and Dr. Clayton Tatro for this opportunity. I look forward to the challenge of building a solid program, both on and off the court, at Fort Scott Community College."

Hill replaces Sonya Petroski, who coached the Greyhounds the past three seasons and compiled a 13-80 record. This year's team finished 5-28.

A cloud of controversy hung over the end of Petroski's tenure as she was suspended at the beginning of November. She did not coach at least one conference match and one tournament. It was actually assistant coach Steve Kramer who was in charge when the Greyhounds won for the last time this season. They lost their last 11 matches after that.

Hill compiled an 85-71 record four seasons at Neosho County, winning 20 matches twice. Her 2007 squad was ranked as high as No. 5 in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll and her 2006 team finished that season ranked No. 14 nationally.

During her four-year tenure, Hill coached a pair of NJCAA All-Americans and 18 All-Jayhawk Conference performers. Additionally, her 2005 team was the NJCAA Division II Academic Team of the Year with a 3.69 team cumulative GPA. Her 2004 squad ranked sixth nationally and her 2007 team ranked seventh nationally in team GPA.

"Greyhound Athletics is very excited to get a coach of Lindsay's caliber on our staff," Ettore said. "Given her proven track record of success, I have no doubt that she will quickly make a positive impact on our current volleyball student athletes as well as all future volleyball student athletes both in the classroom and on the court."

Fort Scott has not reached double figures in victories since going 11-26 in 2003.

Hill resides in Fort Scott with her husband John Hill III, who is FSCC's head baseball coach.

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Wow- Really??? Isn't that the baseball coaches wife? I think this is a pretty shady move by the college and the athletic department. I read and heard about all that went on between the baseball team and volleyball team and to see Petroski depart from the college wasn't a good move for the college at all! I never believed that politics were in this college's athletic department but now I see how politics get played into in. I heard that Coach John Hill threatened AD J.D. Ettore for a immediate firing of Petroski and now his wife is hired after all of this ordeal? Shady, shady move Hill and J.D. It's also pretty upsetting that all of this first started when the President was on a "business trip". That is a lot of power for a Tiny Man. Didn't most the the coaches at FSCC come from Neosho County Community College? Now its the Softball, Baseball, Women's Basketball, and now Volleyball coach...I didn't think this community and college were turning into Neosho County's rejects.....singing off....

-- Posted by chipperhunts on Mon, Nov 29, 2010, at 11:40 PM

I just checked the college's website and they still have the volleyball posted open until January 30th, 2011....So....how were there "interviews" and a "hiring" before the posting date? Seriously FSCC, the Athletic Department, President, and HR need to get on the same page. Inside job???

-- Posted by chipperhunts on Mon, Nov 29, 2010, at 11:44 PM

Sounds like friends of Sonya's posting, me being and outsider and reading it sounds like Hill's record at Neosho was .545 which is far better than Sonya's winning percentage of .163 at FSCC. I say give her a shot Sonya was taking the program no where from the sounds of it. College Sports is about winning and if your not winning you won't be sticking around.

-- Posted by dude_2002 on Tue, Nov 30, 2010, at 8:24 AM

While I agree that Hill has a better record coaching, that is not the issue here. Petroski was taking the program in the right direction. When you have a program that has been struggling as long as that program has, change overnight is very difficult. There were a lot of great things that were done under the helm of Petroski and she was taking the program in the right direction. Obviously dude_2002 has not been around the program enough to see the strides that program has taken in the last few years under Petroski. Her not winning was not the reason she is not there anymore...that had nothing to do with my issue with Hill being hired.

-- Posted by chipperhunts on Tue, Nov 30, 2010, at 8:39 AM

Let's do the math. 8 wins in her first two seasons and 5 wins in her last season. It VERY clear to see that Petroski had them moving in th right direction With that incredible iprovement she would have had the Hounds at 10 wins by 2015 and have them above .500 by 2020. Maybe by 2030 she could have had a ranked team!!!

-- Posted by Tiger00 on Tue, Nov 30, 2010, at 10:39 AM

politics, nepotism, good ole boy networking,cronyism,whatever you want to call it is at work everywhere,always, and always has been.

It manifests itself in many ways, but has about as much chance of achieving successful goals as any other way.

The problem with it is that it often fosters protectionism from evils such as corruption and incompetence, favoritism, and unfair advantages which can be used to further ulterior or secret goals.

The advantage is that at least you know who you are hiring.

Another problem is for example if you have to discipline one or let them go, then you risk losing the other. Another scenario that presents itself is you may be forced to compromise your principals for fear of losing both. Those are both losing situations arent' they?

It is a very slippery slope that both the college,the Chamber of Commerce and the city is climbing.

I wish them luck.

-- Posted by like2b_onree on Tue, Nov 30, 2010, at 12:51 PM

typical Fort Scott.............where nepotism is king.......where the family tree has no branches

-- Posted by brandonx1 on Wed, Dec 1, 2010, at 4:12 PM

And where brandonx1 says whatever he wants, likes to be critical of everybody else, is always negative, and who should sell his computer. Hopefully people do not listen to him.

-- Posted by save our history on Thu, Dec 2, 2010, at 12:09 PM

you have bruised me......deep

-- Posted by brandonx1 on Thu, Dec 2, 2010, at 4:34 PM

I've known Lindsay since high school, although we haven't kept in touch since college, I know she is an excellent volleyball player and coach. I might actually go watch FSCC volleyball next season!

-- Posted by KansasMom on Tue, Dec 7, 2010, at 3:43 PM

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