FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield volleyball team will have a new coach next season.
Rae Collins will take over the Lady Bobcats program.
"In the end, it was just a better fit for my family," Collins said of Bloomfield. "It was really just perfect timing."
Collins spent the previous two season as the head coach at Shiprock, leading the Lady Chieftains to a 22-19 record in two seasons.
Under Collins' tenure, Shiprock made two state tournament appearances and won the District 1-3A regular season title.
"I've observed her for two years as a coach," Bloomfield athletic director Steve Scott said. "We're fortunate and lucky that she is coming here."
Bloomfield struggled to a 1-18 record last year with a young team that featured just three seniors on the roster.
Collins said she is looking forward to the opportunity to get Bloomfield back into the state playoffs.
"We'll be focused a lot on team building," she said. "I met with the girls, and they're really excited. Every group is different and the key point is realizing different girls mesh differently with each other."
Collins will take over for Tami Bekes, who spent the last four seasons leading the team.
In that time, the Lady Bobcats made one playoff appearance in 2012 after winning the District 1-3A tournament title.
Scott said Bekes' decision to leave revolved around wanting to spend more time her family.
"Her son is a senior down at NMSU and is running track and cross-country for them. She wanted to experience that with him," Scott said. "Sometimes people fail to realize the time that coaches have to give up from their families in order to do the job."