May 14th, 2015

Mercy hires Thomerson as new volleyball coach

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Paul Najjar

Senior Writer


Mercy hires Thomerson as new volleyball coach
Matt Thomerson, pictured in center talking to his then Holy Cross team, has been named the new volleyball coach at Mercy / file photo

Matt Thomerson has been named to replace Todd Garvey as Mercy Academy’s head volleyball coach, athletic director Mark Evans announced Thursday.

Thomerson previously coached Holy Cross for four seasons from 2008-11 and amassed a 91-51 record (.641 winning percentage). Thomerson led the Cougars to the Sixth Region final in each of his last three seasons and won the All “A” state title in 2009. Ironically, all three regional final appearances ended up as losses to Mercy.

Evans led an extensive search for Garvey’s replacement, who is moving out of the area. He was convinced that he found the right person in Thomerson to continue to build on the success that Garvey achieved with the Jaguars.

“We’re excited to bring Matt into our athletic department to guide our volleyball program,” Evans said. “He’s a veteran with lots of experience coaching in Louisville. He’s the right fit for our school and for our young women.”

In eight seasons as coach of the Jaguars, Garvey compiled a 320-41 record (.881 winning percentage), won the Sixth Region title in all eight of those years and won state titles in 2008, 2009 and 2014. His 2008 and 2014 teams achieved identical 40-1 records, with the 2008 team ranked No. 2 in the nation and the 2014 team earning the nation’s No. 1 ranking by PrepVolleyball.com.

Thomerson is looking forward to the challenge of taking over such a strong and storied program. He’s been a longtime coach with the Union Volleyball Club and currently coaches the 16-A girls’ team.

“It’s going to be exciting, but you’ve got to keep working hard and keep those talented players coming to the school,” Thomerson said. “It’s going to be fun to have a larger talent pool here to pull from, but at the same time we’re going to have to work as hard as ever. We’ll get started as soon as we can and be ready to go for next season.”

Mercy graduated six stellar seniors, including Miss Kentucky Volleyball and Gatorade’s Kentucky Player of the Year in Merideth Jewell. But returning setter Morgan Elmore remains along with several talented underclassmen.

“Todd graduated a lot of seniors, but the nice thing is that the freshman team was undefeated and the JV team was very competitive and very successful,” Thomerson said. “There are a lot of champions and winners on this team and as a coach I really appreciate that. We as coaches plan on feeding off that and relying on that experience to help us stay strong as a program. We’ll start with one game, one match at a time and build from there.” 

 

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