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Emma Richards is taking on a new role as an assistant volleyball coach at Blountstown

Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 6:41 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Blountstown native, Emma Richards, is stepping off the volleyball court and heading to the sideline as an assistant to Leigh Anne Summers, her high school volleyball coach.

“It’s going to be different,” said Richards. “It’s going to be a change. I’m excited to still be involved in volleyball, and bring something different to the court that I wouldn’t be able to on the court, so I’m excited.”

Emma graduated from Blountstown High School in 2019 then headed a little further south to Gulf Coast where she spent two years on the hardwood with the Commodores.

“It’s always neat as a coach to have a former player come back and give back to this community,” said Blountstown head volleyball coach, Leigh Anne Summers. “She’s one of the best ones to come through Blountstown, and I’m excited for our girls to have the opportunity to learn from her. She was a role model to them, a lot of them were in middle school, and now she’s back in the gym with us, and it’s really exciting. It’s fun.”

Coach Summers has been with the Tigers going on eight years now, and is hoping Emma coming fresh off the court will add to their competitive level as the season begins.

“I’m excited to learn from her.” said Coach Summers. “She brings in a very special skill set, and I think it’s going to make us all better, me included.”

For Emma, it goes deeper than just the game.

“I’m excited to just be able to work with the girls,” said Richards. “And make them what really matters: good teammates, good students in the classroom, and good humans after all.”

The player turned coach is coming full circle. Giving back to her community what it gave her.

Emma will resume school in the spring. She is working to become an ultrasound technician, though working as a coach, she hopes will be a part of her future as well.

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