Surry Athletic Director Mark Tucker is a lifelong baseball guy, so
pardon his exuberance when he describes the college’s new volleyball
coach as "a home run hire.”
On Wednesday, Surry Community College
announced the hiring of East Surry volleyball coach Caleb Gilley to
replace Jan Marion-Kiser, who resigned from the post earlier this month.
Gilley will make the cross-county trek from Pilot Mountain to Dobson
with impeccable credentials, having just led the Cardinals to the Class
1A State Championship game, the second time he has guided East Surry to a
state title game appearance in his nine seasons at the school.
those nine years, East Surry has won six Northwest 1A Conference
championships, including four in a row. He’s also been named the
Northwest Conference Coach of the Year six times in those nine seasons.
Additionally, Gilley guided the Lady Cardinals' basketball program to
the 1A State title game in March.
"Coach Gilley is going to be a
tremendous asset to Surry and our athletic program. We are ecstatic to
have him as our head volleyball coach. He brings a passion for
volleyball and helping student-athletes improve and advance, both
academically and athletically,” Tucker said. "Coach Gilley has a wealth
of head coaching experience and established an incredible culture while
at East Surry. We feel that he will bring that same positive energy and
tremendous work ethic to Surry. He will do an outstanding job in all
areas of our volleyball program.”
Leaving East Surry was not easy
for Gilley, a 2006 graduate of the school. At the same time, he is
excitedabout the opportunity to take an already strong SCC volleyball
program to new heights.
"Leaving East Surry was definitely a tough
decision. That was the school I went to, so it’s not just a school,
it’s almost a home to me,” Gilley said Wednesday. "The people there are
fantastic. The players I have had over the last nine years, the players
we had this year, they are great kids and it was hard to leave them, but
I’m also excited about this opportunity at Surry. I think this area is
such a talent-rich area that I think Surry can be just a dominant force
at the JUCO level.”
Gilley certainly checks all the boxes the
Knights’ volleyball program was looking for in a new head coach. Not
only has he had tremendous success over an extended period of time at
the high school level, he’s developed a ton of contacts in the region
through the Club Volleyball circuit as coach of the Twin City Volleyball
Academy out of Winston-Salem. Those contacts, combined with Gilley’s
success, stand to make Surry a strong player in recruiting circles.
start I think with your home kids, and that is Surry, Yadkin, Stokes,
Wilkes and Forsyth, and then you just add on to that and reach out to
kids who maybe aren’t right here in the county, but are talented and
haven’t been picked up,” said Gilley, who admits to being excited about
the recruiting aspect of his new gig. "I think (my coaching philosophy)
is going to change a little just for the simple fact that in high school
you don’t get to choose who your kids are, so you have to adapt every
single year to what is in the building. But at the college level you get
to choose because you recruit. Now I can kind of recruit the type of
kid I want versus having to adjust.”
Choosing a college is an important decision, and we’re pleased that you’re interested in Surry Community College.