QUINCY -- Madeleine Halford sees similarities between herself and the John Wood Community College women's volleyball program.
The program will get its start in the fall of 2018, and Halford will get her start in coaching at the same time.
Halford was named by JWCC athletic director Brad Hoyt as the women's volleyball, and she'll be in charge of restarting the program after it was discontinued in 2009.
"I thought it was a great opportunity and learning experience for me and the school," Halford said. "It's very young and this is my first coaching job. It was a great opportunity to make the program my own."
It's the kind of start to her coaching career that Halford wanted after finishing her playing career at Culver-Stockton College in 2016. Since then, she's worked with the men's and women's volleyball programs at C-SC.
She gained confidence from working with women's volleyball coach and Olympian Caren Kemner and men's volleyball coach Peter Coley.
Halford's hiring completes Hoyt's task of filling three head coaching positions after the school announced in October it was adding three varsity sports. Last week, Bob Cowman was named the men's soccer coach, and Hayley Womack was named the women's soccer coach Monday.
"I wanted to get into coaching, and this was the right one," Halford said. "(Kemner and Coley) were both very supportive."
Halford believes having lived in the area for three years, along with being from a small community, gave her an advantage in the hiring process. She's originally from Mountain Grove, Mo., a town of just less than 5,000 about an hour east of Springfield.
"I know the Canton and Quincy areas, and I've got to meet a lot of people," Halford said. "Community is really important to me."
That will benefit her in the recruiting process that Halford says will start right away.
"I want to reach out to area schools to help bring in new recruits," she said. "That'll start right after the New Year."
Halford earned honorable mention honors her senior season at C-SC after totalling 188 kills and 48 blocks.
"Coach Halford was extremely impressive in our conversations," Hoyt said. "I know she will attract talented student-athletes to our college, our department and the volleyball program."