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New job serves as homecoming for Graves girls’ soccer coach
GCHS grad Kayla Sims is new girls' head soccer coach.


Graves County High School’s new girls’ soccer head coach is Kayla Jones Sims. She takes the reins from Abbie Morris, whose first year as the Lady Eagles’ coach was Sims’ senior year as a Lady Eagle! Another twist to the homecoming is that Graves County’s boys’ soccer head coach is Zach Sims, who Kayla Sims married earlier this summer!

“I accepted the new job because it’s a great opportunity for me with a lot of talent and potential coming up in the next several years for the program, in addition to the great talent that is there now,” Kayla Sims explained. “I played for Graves all through high school and was excited for the opportunity to come back 'home' and hopefully take the team to the next level and help the program grow into a bigger and stronger program. I was also excited about getting the chance to coach alongside my husband since he has the boys program and seeing what we could do as a pair for the Graves County soccer program.”

Kayla Sims has coached soccer for the Mayfield High School Lady Cardinals the past three years and coached a traveling soccer club for three years as well. She started coaching in a recreational league while she was still in high school. At Mayfield High, her record was 28-32-2.

The 2005 Graves County graduate played soccer for Murray State University for two years, mostly as a forward and occasionally as a midfielder. She completed her bachelor’s degree there in 2009, majoring in learning and behavior disorders and now is pursuing a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. She has taught as a special education resource teacher at Mayfield Elementary the past two years and now will serve as a special education teacher at Graves County Middle School.

Abbie Morris will continue teaching at Graves County High School in the Project Lead the Way engineering program. She also serves as lead teacher in the Math/Science/Engineering Academy. Morris and her husband have two children now and she has chosen to focus completely on her teaching professionally. During her eight years of coaching soccer, her record is 75-62-19 and she led the Lady Eagles to the First Region Tournament championship match three times.

“She did a good job here, but she just felt it was time to get out and pursue other interests,” said Graves County athletic director Jim Simmons. As for Kayla Sims, Simmons said, “I’m very excited. It’s always good when you can hire an alumnus. I felt with her head coaching experience and the fact that she’s an alum, Kayla would be a great fit for our program.”

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