Published Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 9:46 pm / Updated at 10:17 pm
Thunderbirds name two new coaches

Bellevue West has announced the hiring of two new head coaches for the 2014-15 school year.

Christina Reicks will take over for Sara Bayer as the Thunderbirds' head volleyball coach. Bayer's husband, Craig, is an officer at Offutt Air Force Base and has been transferred to a unit in Texas.

Reicks has been a Bellevue West assistant since the fall of 2007, following her graduation from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She was a two-time all-conference outside hitter for the Mavericks after playing in high school for the Thunderbirds.

Shawn Semler will take over as the new softball coach from Casie Onken, who has elected to spend more time with her family. Semler teaches special education for the Bellevue Public Schools.

Semler has extensive high school and college softball coaching experience, serving as head coach at Bellevue East (1992-97), Omaha Marian (1999-2003), College of St. Mary (1997-2003) and Southwest Minnesota State (2003-2011).

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