article posted in the June 12 Herald News


Last month, Ben Schell and Kendrick Bryan made a tough decision to step away from the LCHS Volleyball program.  Coach Schell had led the Lady Hawks for the past eleven years, while Bryan had assisted for the last ten years.  Schell coached in 377 games, winning 216 of them along the way.

This past week the LCHS Athletic Department named Molly Kennedy Howell as the next head volleyball coach.  Jorge Venegas, an LCHS teacher will assume the assistant coach position.  Howell is a 2011 LCHS graduate and former player for Schell.

Schell recalls Howell’s time as a player.  “During that time, Molly was the perfect example of what a teammate and leader should be.  She served as the team setter and helped lead the team to a 71-37 record and an appearance in the 2009 Region Tournament semi-finals. Molly was selected to the All-District Team in 2009 & 2010 and 5th Region All-Tournament Team in 2010.  Molly will continue the tradition established at LCHS over the past several years and will help guide the team to new heights.”

Former Assistant Coach Kendrick Bryan speaks highly of Howell.  “Molly was a standout player.  She also has experience playing club volleyball.  The Lady Hawks Volleyball program will benefit from her experience as player and a coach.  The players will gain valuable feedback from her.”

Howell will not only assume the volleyball coaching role, but she will also serve as an LCHS Math teacher.  “I am so excited for the opportunity to give back to a program that played a huge role in developing who I am as a person, teacher, and now coach, today!”

Principal Denise Skaggs says, “We are very excited to have Molly join our math department. She is a perfect fit and will work well with colleagues and students. Molly was an excellent volleyball player at LC. She is dedicated to making our program a top team in our region.”-

Howell adds, “I am a 2011 graduate of LaRue County High school and a life-long resident of LaRue County so this place is near and dear to my heart. Not only is this community important to me, but this program as well. I played on Coach Schell’s volleyball team for four years in high school where he instilled in me a hard work mentality. During my time in this program I served as the varsity setter my Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year. In those three years, hard work produced record setting results by our team and individually as well.”

Howell reflects on her experience as a volleyball player and how it will motivate into her coaching career.  “My philosophy towards coaching volleyball stems from what I experienced in my time playing. My freshman year we ran a 6-2 rotation where I was not the starting setter, I was the second setter. This produced in me a drive to do better and so I committed to playing on a club volleyball team. Simply put, this time put in proved effective. When I came back Sophomore year, I became the starting setter for our varsity season. The reason I share this is to let you know, that because of my experiences I strongly believe that what you put in, is what you will get out. This philosophy is one I still to this day carry through my everyday life.