After graduating from Paris High School in 2008, Haley Nobis spent the next four years at the University of Missouri.
From there the former Lady Coyote graduated in 2012 and has since been climbing the ranks of the Community R-6 athletic department, a journey that recently reached new heights when she became the next varsity girls softball coach.
"I was the assistant coach last year, so when (former Head) Coach (Brandon) Talbot decided to move on to a new endeavor, I was the first to know," said Nobis. "I am not new to the district or sport, so I wasn't interviewed, and I was hired at the end of May when coach Talbot officially resigned."
In her time at Paris Nobis played softball and basketball. She was also a cheerleader, which explains why she is now also an assistant high school basketball and cheerleading coach.
"The people at Community are great. I have always felt like Community really is a family, and I have had nothing but support in the coaching field from everyone," Nobis said. "Anyone and everyone is willing to jump in and help if I ever need anything, and I truly appreciate that. The people are passionate about athletics and that is something I really appreciate as well. I am extremely passionate and competitive, so it is nice to be surrounded by like minded people."
Since becoming a ninth and 11th grade english teacher and yearbook advisor at CR-6, Nobis has also been a part of the Lady Trojans softball program. That engagement started as a high school assistant and transitioned into becoming the junior high head coach, a journey that first brought her back to the team as an assistant before she finally ascended to her current position.
"The facilities for a 1A school are awesome. We recently renovated the weight room, and I can't wait to get my girls in there to work," Nobis said. "The field at Community is always well taken care of by our maintenance staff and they are always the first to help when it comes to getting it ready in bad weather and before practice."
As for participation, despite the fact last years cross country team had one member and the boys golf team had a two-man roster, those issues haven't been a problem for Nobis. Instead, she's been fortunate enough to find a group of individuals who were passionate about competing for Talbot and still maintain that fever for the game even after all that's changed within the program.
"The sheer amount of quality athletes at Community has blown my mind from day one. It is nice as a coach to know that I can go deep into my bench if necessary and not lose any ground on the field," said Nobis. "We are building the softball program back up and it starts with the athletes and their grit and determination, and there is never a lack of that with these girls."