QUINCY -- The idea of coaching soccer had always been her plan, but Hayley Womack needed some experience to reassure herself she was meant to do it.
Working with the Quincy High School boys and girls soccer programs did that.
"A lot of people can play sports, but when they transfer to try to be a coach, for some people, it's harder," Womack said. "Definitely working with (QHS girls coach) Travis Dinkheller and (QHS boys coach) Ron Bridal has really helped a lot.
"Just getting ideas how training sessions should run was big. Them letting me take a lead role on some things has really helped a lot to see that side of soccer, not just as a player anymore."
All that experience will be put to use in her first head coaching gig.
Tuesday, John Wood Community College athletic director Brad Hoyt announced Womack, a graduate of QHS and Iowa State University, has been named the head coach of the fledgling women's soccer program.
The Trail Blazers will launch the program officially in the fall of 2018, but the work begins immediately for Womack.
"I'm ready to jump into it," said Womack, an eighth-grade math teacher at Quincy Junior High School. "I've already started to generate some ideas on where I'm going to start with the recruiting side. I'm thinking about some players I want to get in contact with and talk to about joining the team.
"I'm ready to move and get things rolling."
JWCC announced in October it was adding three varsity sports -- men's and women's soccer and volleyball. Last week, the school named Bob Cowman as the head coach of the men's soccer program. A volleyball coach has yet to be named.
Womack admitted her interest in the job was piqued immediately after the start of the soccer program was made public.
"It thought, ‘This is the thing that needs to happen,'" Womack said. "It was the step I wanted to make for my coaching career."
It's a natural fit for someone with an impressive playing resume.
Womack earned all-state honors as a senior at QHS in 2011 and finished her career with 105 goals, the third most in program history. She spent the next four years playing at Iowa State, earning a starting spot her senior season.
She also played club soccer in St. Louis and has coached with the Missouri Olympic Development Program.
"She understands our district and community, while understanding what it takes to be a collegiate soccer player at the highest level," Hoyt said. "Having (Womack's) perspective will not only benefit this start up process, but I am confident will help all of our programs for years to come."