MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - Ripley High School 2001 graduate Mandy Sansbury has found a new home at the University of Mount Olive after spending the last three years as the head softball coach at Glenville State College.
At her second career head coaching job, Sansbury will be joined by former Pioneer assistant coach Luke Shamblin.
"I took the position probably the second or third week of June," said Sansbury, who was a key member of Ripley's 2001 Class AAA state softball tournament squad.
"I wasn't really, per say, looking, but I saw the opportunity and it was kind of ideal for me with the location, the school and everything."
When she says everything, that includes being closer to the beach.
"I'm not quite settled in. Moving is always hectic," said Sansbury, who played three years at Ashland University before ending her career at West Virginia Wesleyan.
"They (my family) will have their opportunity to come down and see me. They are sad I'm not right in their backyard, but at the same time, they are very happy for me."
Prior to her three-year stint at GSC, Sansbury spent five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of West Georgia.
One of the perks at her new job is having a bigger scholarship budget and not being responsible for driving the players to games.
"We don't have to drive," said a relieved Sansbury. "The financial straps aren't as much as they were in Glenville. It takes a lot of pressure off and I can focus on coaching."
Although she doesn't actually begin her official duties until Friday, the ex-Viking is already quite busy.
"I have a huge team. I have 31 players," said the coach, who noted she is pretty sure all 13 of the Trojans' incoming recruits will show up on campus. "I have a really strong recruiting class coming in.
"I'm not going to have a lot of needs next year, but I'm actively recruiting right now. I don't have a lot of recruiting to do."
She also added "I appreciate everything that Glenville and the people of Glenville, the community and the girls did for me there. It was a great experience and a great stepping stone for me.
"There are a lot of things, the friendships, I built there are always going to be something I take with me. I'm extremely excited for the opportunity."