Twin Falls High School has hired Andria Harshman to be its head varsity volleyball coach.
The Twin Falls School District #411 board of trustees approved the hire during their regular board meeting Monday night.
“It really is an exciting position for me to step into,” Harshman told the Times-News on Monday.
Harshman currently teaches math at Canyon Ridge, and she plans to stay in that position for the foreseeable future. She understands the Twin Falls-Canyon Ridge rivalry well, and neither she nor Twin Falls athletic director Ted Reynolds expect her two jobs to conflict.
“There are some interesting dynamics to that, and we talked about that as a (interview) committee,” Reynolds said. “At the same time, I had to find the best volleyball coach for my kids, and she was by far the best candidate.”
Harshman was born and raised in Silver Lake, Indiana, and she attended the nearby Grace College. She also played volleyball and ran track for the NAIA school.
From 2002 to 2007, Harshman coached high school volleyball, and she spent one season as a volunteer assistant under Debbie Brown at Notre Dame. She returned to Grace in 2008 as head volleyball coach, a position she held until 2015. She then spent two years as the head volleyball coach at the Division II Colorado Christian University.
Last year, Harshman felt a bit worn out by the travel-heavy profession of college coaching and wanted to spend more time with her family, she said. She and her husband Brian, who is originally from Kimberly, decided to move to Twin Falls with their two sons. She was quickly hired by Canyon Ridge for her first teaching position in 10 years.
Harshman will replace B.J. Price, who resigned in November after 11 successful seasons with the Bruins. This past fall, he led them to their first state championship appearance in program history.
“I respect coach Price, and I respect the type of program he’s built,” Harshman said. “I’m excited to come along and take it to another level.”
Twin Falls’ 2017 roster had five seniors, including University of Utah signee and Times-News player of the year Kennedi Evans. Harshman isn’t worried about the talent leaving her program. She’s excited about the returning players, and she’s planning to dedicate a significant amount of time with the Bruins’ youth program.
“Every year, we’re gonna have kids that leave,” she said. “The question is, who’s going to step in and take their spots? That doesn’t mean you have to play like Kennedi Evans.”
Harshman was one of three applicants for the Bruins’ coaching position, according to Reynolds. Her resume, her interview and her references were so impressive, she was a “no-brainer” choice to be Twin Falls’ next head volleyball coach, Reynolds said.
“She stood out way above everybody else,” he said. “Change is always different, but change can be really good.”