CARTHAGE — Nicole Thorn is headed back to the college ranks after spending the past six seasons as head coach at White Oak High School.
Thorn, who played her high school volleyball at Pine Tree and is a former NJCAA Region XIV Coach of the Year and a University of Florida Hall of Famer, is the new head volleyball coach at Panola College, the school announced on Tuesday.
Thorn is replacing her sister, Amber McCray, who was hired as the head coach at Louisiana Tech after compiling a 165-49 record in six seasons with the Fillies and leading the program to back-to-back NJCAA National Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017.
It will be Thorn’s second tour at Panola, where she coached from 2008 through 2012 and led the Fillies to the program’s first NJCAA National Tournament appearance in 2009.
After leaving Florida, Thorn played professional volleyball in Puerto Rico for a year before returning to the United States to begin her coaching career at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.
Her Panola teams compiled a 107-50 record in five seasons, and her teams at White Oak High School went 183-61 — including a trip to the UIL State Volleyball Tournament.