New Era for Coalfield Softball and Volleyball: A Season of Firsts and New Beginnings

Coalfield High School is buzzing with excitement as the Lady Jackets Softball team welcomes their new head coach, Ryan Carson. With a wealth of experience and a fresh vision for the team, Coach Carson is poised to lead the Lady Jackets to new heights this season. Carson’s appointment marks a promising chapter for Coalfield softball.

Coach Carson takes the reins from Coach David Hixson, bringing a renewed energy and a commitment to building on the team’s progress this season, which finished 9-13. Carson looks forward to making Coalfield a yearly contender for the District Title and making trips to the state tournament once again.

In tandem with Coach Carson’s announcement, Coalfield Middle School is also celebrating a significant milestone. This season marks the inaugural year for the middle school’s volleyball program, and it is with great pride that the school announces Brianna Massengale as the first head coach. Coach Massengale brings a passion for the sport and a dedication to nurturing young talent, laying a solid foundation for future success.

Coach Massengale expressed her enthusiasm for starting this program from the ground up and introducing the student athletes to the sport, developing their skills for moving on up to high school volleyball.

Meanwhile, Coalfield Middle School’s softball program is also experiencing a change in leadership. Coach Tyler Meredith has been appointed as the new head middle school softball coach. Meredith will have to deal with the loss of several great players on a team that finished 24-2 but is up for the challenge. He was an assistant last season and replaces Tabitha Davis.

Additionally, Coalfield High School’s volleyball team is under new leadership. Jessica Stubbs has been named the new head coach, replacing Susan Noe. Stubbs, is expected to continue building on the team’s past successes. They are coming off a district championship season. Stubbs was an assistant to Noe since 2022. She is a Clinton High School graduate that played volleyball.

Stubbs said that she “has a love for the game and working with the young ladies.”

Congratulations to Coach Ryan Carson, Coach Tyler Meredith, Coach Brianna Massengale, and Coach Jessica Stubbs on their new roles. The future looks bright for Coalfield’s athletic programs, and the community is ready to cheer on their teams to victory.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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