Paoli to make NorthWood graduate Bough head volleyball coach

Casey Bough, who once held the Panthers' all-time assist mark at the time of her 2007 graduation with 2,741, will now lead the Rams' program.

Posted on May 11, 2014 at 6:44 a.m.

Casey Bough didn't even have a place to live when she speedily accepted a job and headed to southern Indiana.

"I looked through the Indiana Department of Education website," said Bough and a December 2011 Indiana University-Bloomington graduate. "I was willing to move wherever."

After substituting at NorthWood High School and NorthWood Middle School, the 2007 NWHS graduate took a full-time position at Paoli Junior/Senior High School.

She made the five-hour trek, found lodging and became a seventh grade science teacher and junior high volleyball coach.

Now Bough, 25, is moving up.

Pending approval of the Paoli school board Monday, May 12, she will be named as head volleyball coach at Paoli. She will take over for Kyle Neukam, an assistant principal at the school.

"I get to step into a great position," said Bough, the daughter of former NorthWood head volleyball coach Peg Bough and former NorthWood head boys basketball coach Kern Bough. "Paoli is rebuilding and the next couple of years I have work a ahead of me. But I'm getting great support from the community and a great group of girls who are ready to work.

"I'm excited to be able to make a difference at Paoli."

As a setter at NorthWood, Bough graduated as the Panthers' all-time leader in assists at 2,741. She especially appreciates that position on the court.

"I really enjoy working with the setters," said Bough, "They touch the ball every time it comes over the net and have the grit and perseverance to lead their team."

Paoli is a Class 2A program that plays in the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference and counts Orleans and Springs Valley among its top athletic rivals. 1A powers Loogootee and Barr-Reeve are typically on the Paoli schedule.

The Rams were grouped in 2013 in the 2A Providence Sectional along with the host school, Clarksville, Crawford County, Eastern (Pekin) and Henryville.

Bough expects to continue to teaching seventh graders.

"I really enjoy teaching middle school kids," said Bough. "They are so excited about learning. I see drastic changes from the start of school to the end of school."

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