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NPHS names Whitaker new volleyball coach

May 9, 2013
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New NPHS volleyball coach Kelli Whitaker was a standout player at both New Palestine High School and Indiana State University. Photo courtesy of Indiana State University Athletics.

New Palestine High School announces the hiring of Kelli Whitaker as its new varsity volleyball coach.

The appointment is pending official approval at Monday's school board meeting.

Whitaker, a 2006 NPHS graduate, will be making her varsity coaching debut. But she has been a key part of the Dragons’ program as both a player and a coach during her career.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to coach at New Palestine,” Whitaker said. “We have such a great group of girls and I plan to build upon the solid foundation we already have. I am truly ecstatic to be able to lead the team in lessons on and off the court.”

She has been a junior varsity and freshman coach for two seasons with the Dragons since graduating from Indiana State University in 2010. Whitaker is also one of the top players in NPHS history, having been an all-county and all-conference performer in two sports at New Palestine before playing four years of volleyball at ISU. She was an All-State performer and an Indiana All-Star as a player in volleyball, and was the two-time Hancock County Player of the Year.

As a player, in addition to her prowess on the volleyball court, Whitaker was a key part of the Dragons’ 2004 state championship softball team and one of the leading hitters on the 2006 state finalist softball team.

At ISU, she graduated with a 4.0 GPA with a  degree in elementary education. She was a Presidential Scholar-Athlete, a Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete and was named to the conference’s All-Academic Team three times.

Whitaker is a kindergarten teacher at Brandywine Elementary School in the Southern Hancock school corporation.

“We are excited to have Kelli as our coach,” NPHS athletic director Allen Cooper said. “She will bring a committed, high character, first class approach to our volleyball program. Her energy and enthusiasm will lead our program in the right direction.”

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