Volleyball Coaching Staff


Coach Marla Kannady Foreman

417-667-8181, ext. 2256

Marla Kannady Foreman is in her 18th 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. Coach Foreman has had her teams recognized for NJCAA Academic team award honors for the last 5 consecutive years, for having a team gpa of at least 3.0 or above. She has also had the privilege of coaching 5 NJCAA All-Academic First team, 6 NJCAA All-Academic Second team, and 1 NJCAA All-Academic Third team players in the past 6 years, while also obtaining 4 young women who achieved Top Ten Academic status at Cottey College over her 18 years of coaching, with two of these young ladies receiving the award two years in a row as student/athletes.

Since coming to Cottey, Coach Foreman has had many winning seasons, and too many wonderful memories to count throughout the past 18 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 volleyball along the way!

Assistant Coach Ashleigh Miller

Comets Assistant Volleyball Coach Ashleigh Miller is in her first season as a coach with Cottey College. Miller, a Nevada, Missouri, native, received her Associates in Arts and Science degree back in 2009 from Cottey College. She then went on to Missouri State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in entertainment management. Miller has always had a deep passion for volleyball and is grateful for the opportunity to come back to Cottey and make an impact.

Miller played for Head Coach Foreman during the ’08-‘09 season and was sad to leave after graduating and moving to Springfield, Missouri. While attending Missouri State, Miller participated in all volleyball club leagues and open gyms for the community. After completing school in 2012, she met her now husband Nate Miller and moved back to the Nevada area to start a family. They now have two little boys together and a bonus daughter through Nate’s previous relations.

Since being back in the Nevada area, Miller has been very involved with the volleyball community. She has been very active in indoor leagues, sand leagues, tournament play for co-ed teams and keeping the hype around Nevada strong. During this time, she has been a stay-at-home mom for her two little boys Maddox and Memphis. She looks forward to having her family be involved with her Cottey adventure.

Coach Miller will be helping Coach Foreman with weight training duties, core training with the athletes, pre-practice time drills, and pulling together statistical data during home and away road trips for all matches. Coach Foreman is pleased with the knowledge of core training she has, as well as the organizational skills which Coach Miller brings with her, and looks forward to an awesome season working with her!