Cindy Cheatham approaches her fourth year coaching the Eagles with continued excitement in rebuilding the Midway College volleyball program. Coach Cheatham’s volleyball experience began locally at the high school level, here in Woodford County. As an outside hitter and defensive specialist, she played four years at the varsity level and served as a two year team captain on the 11 year regional championship WCHS team. She also played on several strong club teams in the off-season that competed in both local and out-of-state tournaments, including Florida and Georgia, where she was ultimately recruited to play at the collegiate level.
Cheatham played as a defensive specialist for Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW), in Americus, Georgia. The GSW Hurricanes competed in the Georgia Alabama Carolina Conference (GACC). In her first season, the Hurricanes earned the conference championship title (one of four consecutive titles.)
Cheatham transferred to Eastern Kentucky University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Cheatham currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the EKU Department of Communication.
She continues to be active in the volleyball community, playing in local leagues and tournaments as well as coaching at the Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) level for Thoroughbred Elite Volleyball Alliance (TEVA) based out of Lexington, KY. She also serves as the Volleyball Sport Chair for the KIAC.
Coach Cheatham strongly believes a competitive program is built around well-rounded, talented athletes that are committed to the program and each other. “There are many aspects that make up a complete and fulfilling college experience. It is important for these young women to learn to perform at their highest potential as athletes, students, and individuals. I look forward to developing a volleyball program that encourages student athletes to be successful both in the classroom and on the court…and I want them to have fun doing it.”
Richie’s love for the sport began at age 11, when his next-door neighbor built a sand court in his backyard, lovingly referred to as “Karch Beach.” He’s not only an avid fan of the game, but is also an active member of the local volleyball community and continues to play both indoor and outdoor.
Determined to build a successful program, Richie’s passion is in recruiting talented athletes. “Strong fundamentals and teamwork are the basis of a successful program. Improving teamwork is a dynamic and continuous process, but stepping-up the level of competition is partially dependent upon recruiting athletes who already have a strong fundamental base and are ready to grow. I’m excited to see where our program will be in the very near future.”
Melissa Eddlemon is a 2008 graduate of Midway College with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and an Associates Degree in Web Publishing. She played volleyball and basketball in high school and collegiately at Midway. She currently lives in Georgetown with her husband Brandon and there beloved lab Bevo. Melissa is going on her 4th year at Robert Conley Trucking in Georgetown. When not working she loves spending time with family and enjoying the outdoors, while involving herself in sports related activities.