Coach Marla Kannady Foreman
Marla Kannady Foreman is in her 17th year as the Head Coach of the Cottey Comet Volleyball program. She holds the longest years coaching within the Region 16 teams, and has been here at Cottey since the onset of the volleyball program in 2000. She also takes on the Administrative Duties for the Basketball and Softball programs. However, Coach Kannady Foreman is no stranger to athletics or its competitive nature. She has basically made the gym her second home for most of her life. Some would refer to her as a gym rat. Coach Foreman attended high school in Lamar, MO., where she played every sport offered to young woman, and received numerous awards both academically and athletically. She was a year round athlete, because she would join in the summer softball leagues to stay fit in the off season. She then went on to play four years of basketball at MSSU in Joplin, MO., where her MIAA Div 2 team won the conference championship two years back to back in 1985-86.
Coach Foreman was a student assistant for basketball at MSSU after finishing her playing career and trying to finish up her education, and graduated with a K-12 Physical Education Major, Secondary teaching field in Biology, Minor in First Aid and Coaching. She taught and coached numerous sports at Bronaugh High School for 2 years, as well as Sheldon High School for 7 years, before coming to Cottey College.
Since coming to Cottey, Coach Foreman has had many winning seasons, and too many wonderful memories to count throughout the past 17 years. She even had the opportunity to coach her daughter, Regan Kannady, during the 2013 and 2014 volleyball seasons. Regan went on with an Associates of Science degree from Cottey, and was accepted into the Cox Accelerated Nursing Program in Springfield, MO. Coach Foreman is currently married to Chet Foreman, a mail carrier for Nevada Post Office, and they both reside in Walker, MO. Marla’s first husband passed away in 1998, from a brain tumor.
Coach Foreman loves her job and loves the student/athletes she has the opportunity to work with and coach. It is her goal to strive to give her team members a foundation for the game of life, while also playing a little bit of volleyball along the way!!