Polk County taps Molly Corhn to head
Article by Andy
Molly Corhn is very familiar with Polk County’s volleyball program. And very ready to build it into a 2A powerhouse.
The Polk County Board of Education approved Monday the hiring of Corhn as the new head volleyball coach at Polk County, replacing Kelly Risley. Ironically, Risley left Polk last month to become the new head coach at Rugby Middle School, where she will replace Molly Corhn’s mother, veteran coach Shawn Corhn.
A member of West Henderson’s 2009 state championship team and 2010 state runner-up, Molly Corhn recently graduated from Lees-McRae College, where she played libero and saw extensive playing time her final three seasons. She will teach physical education at Polk County.
“I’m very excited,” Corhn said. “This is the type of job I’ve always pictured myself doing, to come in as a head coach and start establishing myself as a coach and establish the program. I cried, my mom cried.
“I’m just excited to have the chance to come in and carry on what is already established and build an even better program.”
Corhn will be no stranger to much of Polk County’s roster.
“I know a lot of the girls that play at Polk,” she said. “I’ve been an assistant coach at Xcel (Volleyball, where a number of local players compete in the offseason) and I’ve already coached a lot of girls there, so I’ve known them for a few years. I also helped Coach Risley when she got started last season, so I know the girls.”
In many ways, Corhn’s hiring echoes what Hendersonville did in 2012, when the Bearcats hired Brooke Stanley, daughter of legendary West Henderson coach Jan Stanley, just after the younger Stanley graduated from college. Also with club coaching experience on her resume, Stanley came in and led Hendersonville to a state title before returning to the University of Albany as an assistant coach.
Corhn will inherit a Wolverine program with three returning all-conference players from last season’s 15-9 squad in Kara Overholt, Sarah Phipps and Lily Owens plus several other returnees as well as a number of talented freshmen moving up from Polk County Middle School’s undefeated team. Two of those freshmen, Kendall Hall and Reagan Waddell, were named to the all-star team last month at the 41st AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando.
“We’re excited to welcome her to Polk County,” said Wolverine athletic director Jeff Wilson. “She’s from a volleyball background, and I feel like she has tremendous ability and focus to take care of this program and hopefully carry it even higher.”
Polk County can hold its first official practice on August 1, and Corhn can’t wait for the day to arrive.
“This is a huge opportunity for me, and I appreciate everyone at Polk giving me the chance. I’m so grateful for the opportunity,” Corhn said.
“Volleyball is becoming a huge sport in Western North Carolina, and I think Polk can be really successful. I’m excited to get started.”