Jamie Ridenhour hired as OHS’ next volleyball coach

Will Johnson

Spending a decade between Belle and Bourbon High Schools in the Gasconade Valley Conference, Belle native Jamie Ridenhour will be acquiring orange and black for her wardrobe as the newly hired Dutchgirl head volleyball coach.

Winning four conference titles in the GVC and a pair of Class 2 District championships, Ridenhour welcomes the challenges that the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) will bring.

“I’m ready to get back into coaching,” Ridenhour said. “It will be major step up from the GVC to the Four Rivers Conference. I’m going to have to do some major research on one of the toughest volleyball conferences in the state.”

A 1996 Belle High School graduate, Jamie completed her Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Education at Lincoln University in Jefferson City in 2000.

From there, she spent two years at Bourbon coaching middle school volleyball, 7th grade girls basketball and varsity softball.

From 2002-07, Ridenhour went back to her alma mater to coach middle school, freshman, junior varsity and varsity volleyball for the Lady Tigers.

During her five years in Belle, she won a pair of Class 2 district titles in 2002 and 2003. Ridenhour also lead Belle’s Lady Tigers to four straight GVC volleyball titles from 2002-05.

From there, she moved on to coach all levels of volleyball at Bourbon from the fall of 2007 until 2012.

During her time in charge of the Lady Warhawk volleyball program, she helped Bourbon finish second in the GVC during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Stepping away from coaching after the 2012 season, Ridenhour has since been teaching health, physical education and weight training Bourbon. She has since resigned those positions effective at the end of the current school year.

Along with her teaching duties at Bourbon, Ridenhour has also been officiating middle school and high school volleyball matches throughout the area.

While Ridenhour may be replacing Kari Nolting as high school head volleyball coach at Owensville, she and Nolting will still work together as Kari plans to keep coaching eighth-grade volleyball in the spring.

Transferring from the PE department, Nolting will be working with the Program of Accelerated Education (PACE) beginning with the 2018-19 school year helping those student at risk of not finishing high school with an alternative way to earn credits towards graduation.

During the Tuesday, Feb. 20 meeting of the Gasconade County R-2 Board of Education, Ridenhour was approved by a 5-0 vote to become a high school PE teacher and head volleyball coach. Board members Glenn Ely and Debbie Landolt were absent.