Monett Hall of Fame Coach Spotlight: Jackie Bolton

Saturday, July 31, 2021
Jackie Bolton, back left, is pictured in the yearbook with one of her two Class 3 Final Four teams. Contributed photo

Monett volleyball coach from 1984-1996; 231-72 record; 7 district titles; two Class 3 Final Four appearances.

1. What would you consider your greatest accomplishment as a Monett coach?

Probably the greatest accomplishment as a Monett coach was winning sectionals for the first time qualifying us to play in the state tournament. That would have been in 1990 defeating Ozark and Willard in the sectional tourney in Republic.

Bolton

2. What is your greatest memory of coaching at Monett?

My greatest memory of coaching at Monett was the fun interaction with all the players an my assistant coach Mickey Cross – everyone pulling together, to being their best, creating something (a team) bigger than self and then seeing the growth and development.

3. What is the most important quality for a coach to have to be successful?

The most important quality for a coach to have to be successful is a tough question to pin down to one quality. Probably, I would say the ability to convince players and the team that they are capable of more than they think they are.

4. What advice do you have for other coaches hoping to follow in your footsteps?

My advice to other coaches: Work hard to prepare yourself, players and team in the skills and tactics of the sport. Be authentic and communicate constantly, especially for high expectations. Talk with other coaches to gain new perspectives; go to coaching camps to learn new ways of doing things and build relationships with those in your sport. Break down the game and practice so everything becomes second nature, create routines in practice to create muscle memory of skills needed. Appreciate the opportunity you have been provided and all the sacrifices that are being made by players, their families, coaches and administration. Above all, make it fun and enjoyable, because when people enjoy what they are doing, it is amazing what can be accomplished.

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