Copsey is elevated to head volleyball coach at James River

New James River varsity volleyball coach Davina Copsey(right) with last year’s Knights jayvee team. [SUBMITTED PHOTO]

Davina Copsey, who was the junior varsity volleyball coach at James River last year, has been elevated to head coach for what will now be the spring season. She replaces Dave McGee, who took a job at the head coach at Hollins University.

The high school volleyball season would normally be going on now, but due to the coronavirus pandemic it was moved to the spring. Practice for the volleyball season is now scheduled to begin February 15 with the first matches on March 1, 2021.

Copsey started coaching high school volleyball at Rockbridge County High School in 2012, where she was the jayvee coach for five years and a varsity assistant for three. She coached the Rockbridge Juniors travel team starting in 2013, running the club beginning with the 2014 season and coaching on several levels while building a developmental program for under 13s. The club became a part of Roanoke United in 2019 and Davina coached the 13 Red team last season. She also coached a recreation program in Rockbridge for the past six years and started a rec program with the Botetourt Recreation Department in the spring of 2019. She will continue with both of those county programs when the pandemic is over. Copsey also played adult volleyball with six-player teams and doubles, indoors and outdoors, throughout the ’90s.

Copsey came to James River last year at the urging of McGee and enjoyed the kids and the school.

“I came to James River because Dave McGee had asked me a few times to come, and when he found out I was leaving Rockbridge County High School he contacted me again,” said Copsey. “It has been a great fit for me, with players who work and play hard. I felt like I was home. I had one of the best high school seasons coaching at James River this past fall. The players were amazing, worked hard, and really came together as a team. The parents were supportive and enthusiastic.”

Davina remains a teacher at Rockbridge County High School.

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