New beginnings for Arlington volleyball


Carly Bertling, Sports Journalist

“I like the culture that Rebekah Sanders created here and because there is so much potential in this community for this program to get better and better every season.”

Kenzie Fields (Cooley) is Arlington High School’s newest Varsity volleyball coach. Kenzie Fields was born and raised in the city of Bartlett. Fields played competitive volleyball at Memphis Metro for nine years, Memphis Juniors for two years, all four years on Varsity at Bartlett High School, then continued her athletic career at Arkansas State University both physically and academically. Fields joined the AHS volleyball program during the 2021-2022 volleyball season as an Assistant . Later in the season, she was then announced as Arlington’s 2022-2023 head volleyball coach.

Fields is a technical coach, so she looks at how a player is performing a skill, what is technically wrong, and how she can help fix it. Not only is she an outstanding technical coach, but has an amazing competitive drive. Overall, Fields adds so much more to the Arlington volleyball program.

“Coach has only been out of the college volleyball scene for a few years. Therefore, she has a variety of new experiences and trends to bring to the program. Additionally, she brings energy and a new perspective.”

— Rebekah Sanders

The players are slowly adapting to Fields as the new head coach. Fields says, “Coach Sanders and I have very similar philosophies, so it was easy to mesh mine in with hers since they were so similar, so there wasn’t a big change in expectations.” Fields has made sure with her being the newest head coach, that she cultivates positive relationships between herself and the players. The players know they can always go to her or any of the other three coaches if anything is going on or they need someone to talk to. This allows the players and coach to have a positive one-on-one relationship with each other. “I think by me being able to relate to them, it’s created closer relationships with my players and I.”

Fields is excited to see how much each of her players grow and for all the things the team can accomplish. Fields is confident she can lead Arlington to state, which would be the first time in tiger history.