There will be a new leader on the court for the St. Pius X volleyball team.
According to a news release from the school, the Pantherse have hired Clare Powers as their new head volleyball coach, beginning with the 2019-20 school year. She will also be joining the SPX faculty as an English teacher.
“We are excited to have Clare joining us here at SPX. She will be a true asset to our community,” Head of School Carmen Garrett Armistead said. “Clare brings phenomenal experience in playing and coaching volleyball, and we cannot wait to see what she will do with our girls.”
Powers is finishing her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Education, Educational Leadership and Sports Management at Texas Tech University. She also serves as a post-graduate intern with the school’s volleyball program.
Previously, she played at Penn State, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in print and digital journalism with a minor in English while serving as team captain for the volleyball team. In her high school career at Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, California, Powers was a two-time All-American and all-state player and helped her school win back-to-back state championships in 2012 and 2013.
She has also served as head men’s volleyball coach for Archbishop Mitty and has four years of experience working with the Special Olympics in volleyball.
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity and cannot wait to join this community that believes in excellence both on and off the field,” Powers said. “I am humbled and honored for the opportunity. I can’t wait to get working on and off the court.”