Softball coach Brittany Salyer will pull double duty in the head coaching ranks after being hired as Rye Cove’s new volleyball coach. Salyer is the former junior varsity volleyball coach for the Lady Eagles. She replaces veteran coach Greg Gilliam, who resigned after 15 seasons at the helm of the Rye Cove program.
During his tenure, Gilliam coached the Lady Eagles to two Region 1D championships and 12 Cumberland titles while racking up 284 career wins.
Salyer is familiar with the Rye Cove program as an assistant coach and a player. She was a member of the Rye Cove squad that won two Class 1 state championships in 2003, when the sport transitioned from the winter season to the spring.
Rye Cove athletic director Jamie Carter said Wednesday that Salyer will continue to coach softball as well as volleyball.
Salyer is a member of the UVa-Wise Hall of Fame, where she started in both volleyball and softball.
Rye Cove will also have a new girls basketball coach.
Longtime assistant coach Lisa Rhoton, a member of the 1987 state basketball championship team from Rye Cove, has been named to replace Kelly Hood.
Hood resigned earlier this year after a seven-year run at guiding the Lady Eagle program.
WEBB BACK AT THE SPRINGS
Just down the road from Rye Cove, former all-state Twin Springs player Tyler Webb has been named the boys basketball head coach at his alma mater.
Webb, who played college basketball at Appalachian State, replaces Mark Dockery.
Webb was the boys basketball coach at Cherokee for the past three seasons.
While Rye Cove and Twin Springs have answered their coaching questions, several prep sports coaching vacancies still remain.
The latest comes at John Battle, where football coach Britt Stone resigned this week.
Stone resigned to accept a position as principal and athletic director at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Abingdon.
Football coaching positions are still open at Lee High and Castlewood, while Lee High and J.I. Burton have head coaching positions open in their boys basketball programs.
VIRGINIA-WISE FOOTBALL SPRING GAME SET FOR SATURDAY
Virginia-Wise’s football program hosts its annual Red-Gray game Saturday at the school’s Carl Smith Stadium. Kickoff to the free event is set for noon.
The Cavaliers begin play this fall in Virginia-Wise’s first season as a member of the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference.
In the final year as a member of the Mountain East Conference, Virginia-Wise finished 4-6.
The Cavs open the regular season with a noon kickoff at home in nonconference play against Chowan.
After another nonconference contest at Tennessee Tech, Virginia-Wise will host its first SAC game against Mars Hill.
SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA’S TOP SIX
Two new teams enter the Southwest Virginia top six rankings in softball.
The top six teams stayed the same in baseball, but there was plenty of shuffling around in where the teams rank.
Lebanon maintains the top spot in baseball, while John Battle — which had to go 12 innings Tuesday before beating Ridgeview — holds on to the top spot in softball.
Here’s a look at the Six with their records and last week’s ranking.
1) Lebanon (11-1) – 1
2) Abingdon (11-2) – 3
3) Chilhowie (15-1) – 2
4) Patrick Henry (12-3) – 4
5) John Battle (8-5) – 5
6) Holston (10-4) – 6
1) John Battle (12-2) – 1
2) Northwood (13-1) – 4
3) Lebanon (8-5) – 3
4) Union (9-5) – 5
5) Richlands (10-3) – NR
6) Gate City (9-5) – NR