Lebanon assistant John Stephens has been named as the new head volleyball coach at Friendship Christian.
Stephens, who had assisted Adrienne Dotson with the Lady Devils the past couple of seasons, replaces Randy Alley, who held the post for three seasons, the first two of which ended with state championships for the Lady Commanders.
A 1992 LHS graduate, Stephens has worked with teenagers for almost two decades. He coached Carroll-Oakland’s volleyball team to a 39-9 record, winning the Wilson County Volleyball Association tournament both seasons. The Lady Eagles won two other tourneys in 2011.
Coming to Lebanon in 2012, Stephens’ junior-varsity Lady Devils won the Central Magnet JV tournament in ’12 and finished second in the District 9-AAA standings in ’13 with an 18-6 record. His school teams posted 65 wins in four seasons.
Stephens founded Airborne Volleyball in 2011 with one team playing in the under-13 division. It grew to five teams in 2012 and nine in ’13. Inside Volleyball magazine named Airborne a club on the rise. He has coached at the 13, 14 and 17 levels of club volleyball.
Airborne merged with Alliance last fall to create the Alliance-Airborne Satellite in Wilson County.
“[Stephens] knows the area and knows our kids,” Friendship athletic director John McNeal said. “He will be a great addition and positive influence on our wonderful student-athletes. I look forward to working with him.”
“My family and I are very excited to join the Friendship family and I embrace the opportunity to be chosen as the new head varsity volleyball coach,” said Stephens, a married father of two sons who spent 15 years as a youth pastor in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina before turning to coaching and teaching.
He holds masters degree in instructional technology from Lipscomb University. Stephens is an Impact-certified coach and a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
“He has an incredible reputation for leading successful programs and we are excited to have him share his passion for the game and help us raise the bar as we strive to get better in all that we do,” Friendship president Jon Shoulders said.