When the 2017-18 prep sports season begins in early August, there will be a handful of additions to the Olivet High School coaching staff.
Kara Fridd (Varsity Cheer) — A graduate of Concord High School and Jackson College, Fridd enters her first season as a coach. She brings seven years of sideline and competitive cheer experience to OHS, along with five years of dance/baton twirling. Fridd currently resides in Olivet and is employed as a Radiologic Technologist by Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital and Eaton Rapids Medical Center. “Coaching is something I have always dreamed of doing,” she said. “My passion for cheer still burns brightly.”
Mallory Wooden (JV Volleyball) — A science teacher at both Olivet Middle School and OHS, Wooden is a former three-year varsity volleyball player at Concord High School. She has continued to play at the intramural/recreational levels throughout her adult life. “I have always had a large passion for the sport and would love to be able to share that passion with the upcoming generations,” Wooden said.
Vince Morrison (JV Girls’ Basketball) — The long-time OHS science teacher and basketball mentor is returning to the high school level after a couple of seasons coaching at OMS. Morrison has coached basketball during 18 of his 20 years at Olivet, including stints with two Final Four girls’ teams (2001 & 2005) and a state championship boys’ squad (2005). He and OHS varsity girls’ coach Anna O’Dell and worked together for several years.
J.T. Britton (JV Boys’ Basketball) — A former OHS basketball player, Britton brings four seasons of high school coaching experience — all at Delton Kellogg — back to his alma mater. The Olivet resident also serves as Director of Operations for an 85-person Georgia Pacific corrugated facility during the day. “He did a great job for us,” Delton athletic director Mike Mohn said. “He has tons of energy…and knows the game.”
Ashley King (9th Grade Girls’ Basketball) — A former three-sport athlete at OHS, King played on the 2001 basketball team that reached the Class C state championship game. She finished her athletic career with 10 varsity letters, excelling in volleyball and track as well. “I am a hard-working, dedicated individual,” King said. “I fell in love with the game of basketball when I was 7 years old.”