Terri Spann replaces Jim Kann as Basha volleyball coach
Spann was an assistant at Arizona State and Texas Tech. She also was a standout player at ASU and earned all-conference honors in college. She won a state championship coaching at Xavier and another runner-up finish.
“She brings an incredible amount of experience as a player in the (former) Pac-10 as well as her extensive experience as a coach at two different Divsion I universities as well as her success in winning a high school championship at Xavier,” Basha athletic director Brent Rincon wrote in an email. “She also has unprecedented success …. It will be exciting to watch the program continue to grow and prosper under the guidance of coach Spann.”
Spann replaces former longtime coach Jim Kann, who recently resigned to take an athletic department administration job at the University of Illinois.
Kann was the Bears coach for the past eight years and spent two years at Mesquite (2003 and 2004). The Bears reached the state tournament in seven of his eight seasons, but he recently earned an administrator’s certificate, as did a job in his native-Illinois.
“We want to thank Coach Jim Kann for his efforts in building the Basha girls volleyball program into a perennial state playoff team and a consistent top 10 program in the state,” Rincon wrote. “Jim developed many players who went on to play collegiately and we wish him the best in his new position in his home state of Illinois. His love of volleyball and the girls who played the sport at Basha created a great legacy and great memories for the team and school.”