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AHS taps former Arkansas State volleyball player as head coach

AHS taps former Arkansas State volleyball player as head coach
Posted on 11/17/2021
Arlington High School will be welcoming a new volleyball coach to the court next season, and with her comes a strong legacy in the Memphis region. Principal Chris Duncan has named Kenzie Fields as the new head volleyball coach, replacing Rebekah Sanders who stepped down from the position at the end of this season.

“Coach Fields is going to bring a lot of game-time experience to Arlington High volleyball,” said Duncan. “Her award-winning sports career at Bartlett High and Arkansas State University will not only bring critical knowledge of the game to our young players but it will also inspire them and give them the tools to compete at the next level.”

Fields graduated in 2019 from Arkansas State, where she played on the team all four years, helping the Red Wolves win its conference tournament for two consecutive years and make multiple appearances in the NCAA tournament. As a Red Wolf, Fields was also named Freshman Player of the Year and made 2nd Team All-Conference.

But Fields’ roots really hold strong in the Memphis region. The four-time Regular Season District MVP, four-time District Tournament MVP, four-time Regional Tournament MVP and a one-time Memphis Player of the Year graduated from Bartlett High School in 2015 after a storied volleyball career. In addition to those accolades, Fields continues to hold the title of 3rd in Tennessee for all-career kills. Following her senior-year season, Bartlett High retired her jersey to signify her successes.

Fields joined Arlington High’s faculty this year and just finished her first season with AHS Volleyball as the assistant coach. But as she continues to build upon her legacy in Shelby County, she’s getting her first chance at the head coaching spot.

“It’s been amazing getting to come back home and contributing to the volleyball community here,” Fields said. “I’m very fortunate that Mr. Duncan and Coach Sanders trust me to move into this role. It’s a great group of girls and program that I’m excited to lead and put my own stamps on things.”

Fields said her first year as assistant coach working under Sanders gave her just the right amount of knowledge to step into the head coach position and help grow the program. “It really helped me figure out the coaching style I want to implement and learn the behind-the-scenes administrative duties that the public doesn’t typically see.

“I’m ready to get after it. The goal is always to make it to State, something I don’t think Arlington has done before. We’re here to win some games and make a name for ourselves in the area.”