HAMPTON — Virginia Peninsula Community College has named Natalie Kidd its women’s volleyball coach.
The college added women’s volleyball for the fall 2022 semester, competing as a club team. In fall 2023, the program will be a National Junior College Athletic Association member.
Kidd was the girls volleyball coach at Bethel High School from July 2021 to May 2022, and has been an assistant coach for an area juniors travel team.
She has played volleyball for more than a decade, including high school, travel, the club team at Christopher Newport University, and competitive adult teams. She will graduate from CNU in May.
“I think she has some skills and some tools that could really translate to her being a very good coach,” Athletics Director Chris Moore said. “She’s very mature for her age. She’s energetic. She’s organized. I think she’ll be a really good fit for not just the athletic department, but I think she’s a good fit for the institution.”
Kidd applied for the position because she’s interested in working with student-athletes on the collegiate level, according to VPCC.
“I’m just really thankful for the opportunity to coach,” Kidd said. “I thank (athletics director Chris) Moore and the whole athletic department for trusting me in growing the volleyball program.”
The 2018 Kecoughtan High School graduate is a student ambassador at CNU and works in its admissions office. Her ambassador duties include providing camps tours and building relationships with prospective students.
Reaching out to high school athletics directors and coaches to find potential players is the first item on her to-do list.
“Because it is a new program, they probably haven’t heard too much about it,” Kidd said.
Jasmine Sanders, talent development manager in Human Resources at VPCC, served as interim coach last fall.
The expansion of sports at VPCC will also include men’s soccer, and men’s and women’s track and field/cross country for the 2023-24 academic year. Coaching searches are underway.
Learn more about VPCC athletics.