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Welcome home! Korey Krumm tabbed as next Copperhead volleyball coach

Korey Krumm, a 2010 AHS graduate and three-time Frontier Conference First Team award winner, will be the next head volleyball coach at Anaconda High School. COPPERHEAD COUNTRY/Blake Hempstead

Krumm hits through the double block of archival Carroll College

One of the most accomplished female athletes in Anaconda High School history is coming home.

Pending board approval, Korey Krumm, a 2010 graduate, will be the next head volleyball coach at her alma mater. Anaconda activities director Allen Green offered the former school standout after the interview process Thursday morning.

“I wish I could start today,” said an enthusiastic Krumm via phone. “I’m so excited to get with the girls and get going.”

It’s not going to be a completely blind introduction to the incoming Copperhead team either. Krumm helped coach the offseason club program before COVID restrictions cut the season short.

It’s not too often someone of Krumm’s expertise and ability is there for the taking, especially in the program that she helped reach to highest of highs. However with former head coach Shane Jorgensen accepting the same position at Butte High just three weeks ago and Krumm’s demanding work schedule finally seeing some flexibility, the timing was perfect for her to commit.

“We may have some later practices to make it work, but that shouldn’t be a problem,” said Krumm, who works at Community Hospital of Anaconda. “I’ll be busy building my staff and getting everything ready for the season.”

Most of the current roster may not know the accolades of their new coach, but Copperhead fans surely do.

Krumm, as a junior, attacks the double block of Billings Central on Friday at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in 2008. COPPERHEAD COUNTRY/Blake Hempstead

As a prep, Krumm, a three-time Southwestern A All Conference and All State award-winner, still holds the school record for kills in a season (396 in 2008) and career (1,222), over double Jaimie Nichols in second at 601, lettering for the Copperheads all four years and starting at middle blocker from her sophomore season on. During her senior year, Krumm helped Anaconda to their best finish at the State A tournament – a second-place finish to Billings Central in 2009. the 2009 trophy is the only state tournament hardware in school history. Krumm was part of a program that advanced to four-straight State A tournaments.

The Copperheads were back to back Southwestern A champions in 2008 and ’09, and went 18-2 overall – their only losses coming to Billings Central in the state undefeated finals and state championship matches.

Krumm hits away from the block of Rocky Mountain College’s 6-foot-4 middle Yang Yang in 2015. Both players earned All America status that season as Frontier Conference representatives.

Krumm, who was a three-time Frontier Conference First Team and 2014 All America Honorable Mention middle blocker, overcame all obstacles put in her way to become one of the most remarkable collegiate athletes from Anaconda. Listed at 5-foot-9 but realistically standing two inches less, she played one of the most demanding positions on the floor and did it by sacrificing a significant height advantage in the process.

A nursing graduate at Tech, Krumm was second in the Frontier Conf. and sixth nationally in hitting percentage (.375) and led the team in kills with 245 during her senior campaign. During her career, Krumm tallied 1,017 kills highlighted by her sophomore breakout campaign of 317 in 29 matches.

Another positive is Krumm’s overall accomplishments as a three-sport/season athlete. She participated in volleyball, basketball, track and field and softball, earning All-Southwestern A accolades her junior and senior seasons in basketball and first team and All-State in softball her senior season. She played post on the back-to-back state championship basketball teams of 2008 and ’09 and the third place finish her senior season in 2010.

“I know we have talent and I’m pumped to see what we as a team can accomplish,” Krumm said.

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