Silman named Cape Central's new volleyball coach

Haley Silman, named Tuesday as Cape Central's new volleyball coach, pictured coaching the Bloomfield Wildcats on September 17, 2018.
Kyle Smith (Dexter Statesman)

Haley Silman knows something about winning – and now she brings her talents to Cape Central High School.

Silman, 39, has been named the Tigers head volleyball coach. She replaces Sara Henry, who led Central to a 20-12-2 record in 2019.

Silman comes to Central after coaching Class 1 Bloomfield to three successive district championships.

In 2009, Silman led Scott City to a state volleyball championship. The Rams finished as Class 2 runner-up the year before.

“It’s exciting to come to Cape,” said Silman. “I know the expectations are high (there) and it will be a challenge.”

Silman identifies as a defensive-minded coach and considers herself firm but fun.

“I will expect a lot out of the team and will push them to be their best,” said Silman.

“Coach Silman has a proven record of developing not only successful volleyball teams,” said Cape Central athletic director Tyson Moyers, “but more importantly successful young women.”

She will teach in the business department of Central Junior High come the fall of 2020.

Silman says moving to Class 4 Central opens up more resources for coaching and she singled out special praise for the district’s facilities.

Silman, who along with her husband is an avid deer hunter, also is looking forward to a shorter commute to work.

“We live in Benton,” said Silman, “so my current 45-minute drive to work will be cut to about 20.”

Silman, a Bernie, Missouri native, is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State. She also holds a master’s degree from Park University.

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