2012 Volleyball
Record: 23-12 Home: 13-3 Away: 8-9 Neutral: 2-0 AMC: 8-10
Eric Newell Image
Head Coach
6th Season

Eric Newell is entering his sixth season as the Head Coach of the Williams Baptist College volleyball team.   He has set numerous records in his five years in charge of the program.  His overall record stands at 122-64 entering the 2012 season.  The 122 win total is a school record for volleyball.

In 2007 (his first season as the head coach), his squad finished the season with a record above .500 for the first time in Williams history.  Their record of 24-10 earned Newell the American Midwest Conference Coach of the Year.   

In 2011, WBC finished with a record of 27-9, which is the highest winning percentage in team history.

He has coached 10 All-Conference players, 24 Academic All-Conference players, and 6 NAIA Scholar-Athletes.   The Lady Eagles have won at least 20 games per season in four of the five years under Newell.

Newell has a Bachelors of Science in Education from Williams Baptist College and a Master's of Science from William Woods University.  He also is the Head Coach for the Lady Eagles softball team.

Newell married April Newell on August 3, 2002.  The couple has five daughters: Gabriella 8, Juliana 7, Adalynn 4, Jillian 3, and Jacqueline 4 months old.

 2012 Volleyball Roster 
Roster for 2012 Volleyball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.HometownPrevious School
1Shelby UpshawSODefense5-7Mountain Home, Ark.Mountain Home High School
2Courtney MelvinSRDefense5-4Benton, Ill.Shawnee Community College
3Kaillie RalstonFROH/MB5-10Denton, TexasDenton High School
4Codie LancasterSRSetter5-6Bell City, Mo.Shawnee Community College
5Harley CadwellJRHitter5-10Bismarck, Mo.Bismarck High School
7Bailey LaymanJROH/MH5-9Birch Tree, Mo.Mineral Area College
8Makenna WiedowerJRSetter5-6Denton, TexasDenton High School
9Jameea WardSOMiddle Blocker5-8Missouri City, TexasL.V. Hightower High School
10Harley StrayhornFRMiddle6-2Marion, Ark.Marion High School
12Nykia KeithFROutside5-10Jonesboro, Ark.Jonesboro High School
13Taylor BoothFROH/DS5-5Horseshoe Bend, Ark.Izard County High School
14Grace LamerFROutside5-9Norman, Okla.Norman North High School
15Katie ThomasSRRight Side5-10Mountain Home, Ark.Mountain Home High School
19Kelsey OdellFRDefense5-5Springdale, Ark.Springdale Har-Ber High School
20Jennessa GattisFRMiddle Blocker6-0Denton, TexasGuyer High School
22Maddie BelkFRDefense5-6Brookland, Ark.Brookland High School
31Emily UmbaughSOOpposite6-1Warsaw, Ind.Warsaw Community High School
Eric Newell - Head Coach - 6th season
Tyler Herring - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Haley Motley - Student Assistant - 1st season