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Allison Irvin’s unexpected resignation as Braswell’s volleyball coach two weeks ago surprised everyone involved with the Lady Bengals’ volleyball program.

The move left Braswell without a head coach just three weeks before the start of the season. Now, with less than a week until the start of practice, the Lady Bengals have found Irvin’s replacement.

Braswell athletic coordinator and football coach Cody Moore confirmed Thursday that Corey Jenkins has been hired to be the Lady Bengals’ next head coach.

Jenkins spent 13 seasons as a volleyball coach before hanging up the whiteboard after the 2016 season to become a teacher. He said he wanted to spend time with family and watch his daughter compete for Caddo Mills during her freshman and sophomore seasons.

Since getting out of coaching high school volleyball, Jenkins has helped with his daughter’s club volleyball team.

“I’ve missed coaching,” Jenkins said. “I was still coaching club volleyball, but I missed the high school atmosphere. I missed the crowds and the intensity of big district and playoff games. I’m extremely excited to be at Braswell. I know I still have a little bit of coaching left in me.”

Jenkins’ most recent coaching stop came at Class 4A Quinlan Ford from 2014-2016. He also spent time at Class 2A Wolfe City and Miller Grove.

In 11 seasons as a head coach, Jenkins made the playoffs nine times.

“[Jenkins] making the playoffs the majority of the time as a head coach for 11 years speaks for itself,” Moore said. “For it to be this late in the game and have someone with that sort of record and experience was a big selling factor for us.”

The Lady Bengals are coming off their first playoff berth in school history last year. Braswell posted a 19-23 record to finish third in District 8-5A in 2018.

Now entering their fourth year, the Lady Bengals’ expectations are higher than ever. Irvin told the Denton Record-Chronicle two weeks ago that this year’s team “probably would have been the most athletic team I’ve ever coached.”

Jenkins got the first look at his new squad on Thursday when North Texas volleyball head coach Andrew Palileo and a few members of the Mean Green held a team camp for the Lady Bengals at Braswell.

“I couldn’t even sleep last night because I was so excited, and we haven’t even played a game yet,” Jenkins said. “Coach [Palileo] and his team held one of the best camps I’ve ever had on Thursday, which got me really excited for our entire team. I can already see that we have really great kids, and they’ve already shown a great work ethic.”

Braswell starts its season with scrimmages against Denison and Wichita Falls on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

“After camp and meeting the team I truly feel I’m home,” Jenkins said. “I can’t wait to see what this year brings. It is definitely going to be a fun team to watch.”

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