After the 2017 volleyball season, Hallie Monroe resigned as the LaMoille-Ohio coach because she was pregnant and didn't know what to expect with the next chapter of her life.

Monroe was ready to return to the sideline after 14 months of developing a routine with her daughter Harper and upon hearing Mendota was looking for a replacement for John Holzman who resigned in May.

During a MHS school board meeting today, Monroe was officially hired to become the next Lady Spikers coach.

“I'm excited. While it is bigger, it's still volleyball. I do plan to conduct the team the same way I did at LaMoille,” said Monroe, who is a Princeton resident. “Obviously, we're going to be up against better opponents, but I think as long as we can execute what you need to execute in volleyball, it can work at any class if you're doing it right.

“I work in Mendota (as a nurse) for the elementary district so it's close by me. As far as working goes, I'm already over there in the daytime. It felt like the right timing and the right program. I wanted to get back to coaching at some point in my life. I didn't think it would be this soon, I do think it's the right fit.”

Monroe led the Lady Lions for eight seasons (2010-17) and won back-to-back regional titles during her last two years at L-O.

For a full story about Monroe's hiring, return to the www.newstrib.com/sports on Saturday or pick up the weekend edition of the NewsTribune.

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