If the comments from Texoma-area fans are any indication, Royse City High School will be getting a talented volleyball coach from Bonham.

Robyn Hill was approved for hire during the school board’s April 13 meeting. Her hiring comes after the board accepted the resignation of Trent Tharp the month before.

Tharp took his team to a district championship in his first season and led the Lady Bulldogs into the playoffs in the team’s 4A debut.

Hill has coached for 12 years at Bonham and is credited with eight consecutive playoff appearances. Prior to Hill’s tenure, the Lady Warriors had only made one playoff appearance in the school’s history.

In Hill’s first season the team only recorded six wins total. Ironically, that season began with the first match being played on the raod at Royse City. In 1999, Hill oversaw the revival of the district’s middle school volleyball program. In 2001, the Lady Warriors made it into the postseason and have been there ever since.

The Lady Warriors made four trips to the regional quarterfinals four times under Hill, and was a regional semifinalist last year before falling to a talented Argyle team. Hill holds a 280-129 record in Bonham. The high point for her Bonham tenure was the 2006 season when the team made it to the state semifinals before being ousted by the eventual state championship team from Wimberly. The team posted a 36-7 record that year.

In a recent interview, Hill stated that she was excited about the move, and that she was looking forward to the move up to 4A, adding, “It will be a different type of play.”

Hill will have a clean slate to work with when she takes over at Royse City. The Lady Bulldogs will be graduating five of six starters from this year’s playoff team. The seniors graduating this year have never seen a season in their high school careers in which the Lady Bulldogs have not made the playoffs.

Texoma-based writer Rich Hilliard contributed to this report.

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