ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - She's one of the most accomplished high school coaches in girls volleyball and now, Kristy Pierce is tasked with turning around the Rock Valley women's program.
Pierce is well-known in the Stateline. She coached 34 years at Eastland High School, leading the Cougars to a Class 1A state championship in her final game with the program in 2015. She ranks fourth in Illinois high school girls volleyball history with 939 career wins.
Pierce takes over a Rock Valley program that has not won a national championship since 2012 and has just 34 wins combined over the past two seasons. She said she looks forward to this next challenge.
"This job was very attractive to me because I wouldn't want anything else than the top expectation to be on this program and they are very capable of doing that," said Pierce. "It just takes beginning a winning tradition, you know, getting back to that stage knocking on the door little bit and then hopefully, you know, breaking that door down."
"Get some key recruits, getting the word out there that, yes we're awesome at softball, awesome at basketball, and awesome at all our sports and volleyball as well."