Reggie Bateman Takes The Helm Of RLC Volleyball
Reggie Batman has officially be named Rend Lake College’s new Lady Warriors Volleyball Head Coach. He comes to RLC after spending four years coaching at Marion High School and five years coaching the club volleyball squad.
Bateman was first approached about the opening by a few of his former players who are currently playing for the Warriors.
“A lot of people in and around local volleyball know of me, so I had a few people reach out to me and say they felt like I was a good fit. At first, I was a little hesitant, but I always preach to my girls that you never know something until you try it. So, I decided to give it a shot. Don’t ever doubt yourself,” Bateman said.
He said once the cat was out of the bag, word spread like a wildfire. During his club coaching duties, other coaches were approaching him to congratulate him on the new position. Bateman also said many of his former players have also reached out to express congratulations.
In addition to his RLC responsibilities, Bateman will still coach club volleyball in Marion. But, due to NJCAA restrictions, he will be moving to a lower age bracket to ensure not recruiting violations take place.
On the court, Bateman says his coaching style is just pushing his players to give 110-percent.
“That’s my philosophy on life though. The minute you wake up, you need to be giving it 110-percent. You don’t want to go to bed thinking that you could have done more or you missed an opportunity. That’s what I want my team to bring to the court. You just have to lay it all out there. You don’t want to end a game with regrets,” expressed Bateman.
The newest RLC head coach has already begun the recruiting process for next season’s team. He excited for the coming season, but is tempering that excitement with cautious optimism. He said he understands there might be bumps in the road and anticipates it being a bit of a rebuilding process while he gets his system established, but he is looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish at this level.
He feels confident in the recruiting network he has built over the years coaching club ball. Already, he is having colleges reaching out to share potential prospect leads.
Bateman grew up in Chicago before transferring to SIU to earn his degree. While in Carbondale, he played on their club volleyball team.
“Southern Illinois kept brining me back. I’d leave and go home to Chicago for a few years and just end up wanting to come back to Southern Illinois. I’d leave again and then want to come back. Something just kept pulling me back here,” Bateman explained.
For more information on RLC Volleyball, check out https://www.rlc.edu/athletics/volleyball.