A familiar face will be on the sidelines coaching GPS volleyball games in the fall. The Bruisers welcome back Alfie Dodd to be their head coach for the high school and college programs next year. Dodd served as the varsity head coach at GPS in 2016 and 2017. During his first stint there, the Bruisers made a state tournament appearance in 2017 and won the Choo Choo City Invitational that year. He left GPS after the 2017 season after accepting a non-coaching position at Maryland.
Dodd returns to GPS with a wealth of volleyball experience as both a player and a coach. He was a Division I athlete at the University of Memphis and was recognized as the MVP for the Tigers volleyball team in 1997. After graduating from college, he was part of the men’s indoor program. USAV for 15 years and played competitively in a number. club circuits until 2016. He was local coach at Boyd Buchannan in 2014 and 2015, winning two district championships with the Buccaneers and reaching the state quarterfinals in 2014.
Former GPS head coach Bailey Winel quit earlier this month to pursue other professional opportunities. “We are grateful for all of Coach Winel’s hard work over these incredibly difficult two years,” said GPS athletic director Jay Watts. “We’re lucky that Alfie has returned to the Chattanooga area as we try to fill that opening. His enthusiasm and expertise will be a great addition to our program. We have a lot of solid talent coming through our program pipeline, and we’re so excited about the future of GPS Volleyball.
GPS returns eight players from its 2021 college roster. The Bruisers finished first in their division at the local River City Rumble with wins over Silverdale Baptist, Hutchison and Sale Creek. Ansley Blevins senior has been named to the All-East Region team.