CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The South Charleston softball program seemed to hit a grand slam when they hired Annette Olenchick to be their head coach, along with assistant Andrea Lewis.
Afterall, Olenchick led Sissonville to state softball titles in 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, and 2002. Meanwhile, Lewis was a three-time All-State selection and Gatorade Player of the Year in 2001 for the Indians while winning three championships herself.
However, the softball team isn't the only sport at SC that Lewis is hoping to guide to bigger and better things. Lewis is also the first year volleyball coach for the Black Eagles this season.
Lewis took part in her first Civic Center Volleyball Showcase Wednesday evening at the Charleston Civic Center and was 8-7-2 prior to Wednesday.
"I got the volleyball job first, and then the softball position came open," Lewis said. "Coach O (Olenchick), talking with her, we always said we wanted to get back together. We work so well together and believe in the same things."
Olenchick isn't help coach volleyball, so that reunion will have to wait until the spring, but Lewis couldn't be happier with where she is at.
"South Charleston has treated me so well," Lewis said. "I have had nothing but great support from administration, players, parents, the whole nine. It's been such a great place to be. I never would have dreamed all of this."
While Lewis has plenty of softball playing and coaching experience, this is her first volleyball head coaching position. She has been around the game, playing it in high school at Sissonville, and in leagues.
"I grew up around volleyball when my older sister played," Lewis said. "I always went to her practices and her high school coach would let me practice and be the manager. That is when I found a love for it.
"Throughout high school, I played. I coached with Eddie Fisher (current Sissonville coach) when I first graduated from college. I missed playing. I never thought an opportunity like this would come up. When it happened, I just took it. It all just kind of happened very quickly."
The SC volleyball program has been in flux the last couple seasons with Lewis being the third different coach in the past four seasons. Lewis is hoping to be around for the long haul, though, and build stability.