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JV girls’ coach happy about return to small-town atmosphere

Growing up in a little Indiana town, Terra Cherry didn’t need to procrastinate when the opportunity to relocate to Ennis came up.
The six-year coaching veteran is the new JV coach for Lady Lion volleyball and basketball, while she’ll also teach P.E.
Born and raised in Indiana, Terra attended the University of Evansville in her home state and then got her masters degree in Adapted P.E. at the University of Georgia. Cherry coached in Georgia for a year and then spent two years in Pensacola, Florida, before heading to Texas.
Having been a head coach in girls’ basketball, as well as track and field, she most recently coached basketball and softball at Cedar Park Vista Ridge, which is within Leander ISD.
“I loved Cedar Park and it was a great opportunity, but as soon as I visited Ennis, I realized it was a better fit for me,” she said.
“Ennis has a small-town feel with community sports and everybody is behind the same high school – that’s something I wanted to get back to. I was raised in a town like this and it’s more comfortable for me than the big city.”
Her boyfriend Wade Griffin is currently the defensive coordinator for Navarro College football in Corsicana.
Cherry played basketball and ran cross-country in high school and college. During her junior year of college, Terra got her coaching start at a parochial school – Memorial High School in Evansville – as she led the freshman girls’ basketball team.
“It was great to get an early opportunity like that,” she said.
The season with varsity coach Kim Vernor and Lady Lion volleyball is on her doorstep.
“Coach Vernor is high-energy and enthusiastic, which I love and it should be fun to work with her,” Cherry said.
“It will be the first time I’ve coached volleyball in three years, but Vista Ridge had a very strong volleyball program and I enjoyed supporting them. Coach Vernor is working to build her program and I’m ready to be a part of that development under her leadership.”
When November rolls around, Cherry will hit the court with varsity coach David Kilpatrick and the Lady Lion basketball program.
“I was born and raised in Indiana, so basketball is my passion,” she said.
“I’m really close with my dad and he always used to rebound for me when I worked on my shooting growing up. Coach Kilpatrick seems to have built a program that’s come a long way in the last several years, so it will be great to hopefully be a part of that progress.”
Terra looks for desire and self-motivation in all her players, adding that athletes have to be driven to improve every day. Having coachable players is also important to her.
“I have a strong background in strength and conditioning, so one of my goals is to make sure my players understand the importance of the weight room and agility training,” Cherry said.
“Those things will go a long way to helping our athletes be successful. I also want to learn everything I can from the two head coaches I’m working under. I feel fortunate to be in this situation.”
The close-knit ambiance in E-town doesn’t hurt matters either for the new coach.

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