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Garces hires Wulff as new volleyball coach as Harper steps down

Garces Memorial High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Rachel Wulff as the new volleyball coach for the Rams.

Wulff replaces Kim Harper, who accepted a teaching position within the Kern High School District.

“We are excited to work with Rachel,” Garces Memorial athletic director Gino Lacava said. “Her reputation as a great volleyball coach precedes her and the respect she has in the volleyball community is awesome. We would love to see her build her dynasty on the Garces campus.”

In her two stints as the volleyball coach at Garces, Harper was 247-126 in 11 seasons, winning four league championships and Central Section titles in 2008 and 2016.

“Kim had an awesome run at Garces,” Lacava said. “We were blessed to have her for the past 14 years as a teacher and coach on campus. She not only wins championships, but more importantly, teaches her kids with passion and values. She will be missed.”

Wulff comes in with a wealth of experience as a head coach and is a name very familiar to the Bakersfield volleyball community.

This will be Wulff’s fourth head coaching position and first since leading Tehachapi to the 2017 South Yosemite League title. 

Wulff was the head coach at West High in 2010-11. In 2010, the Vikings won the SYL title. Wulff’s first head coaching position was at Columbia City High in Indiana in 2004-05.

Since 2009, Wulff has served as a coach at the club volleyball level for Bakersfield Volleyball Club, helping to lead her teams to Nationals three times, including the 2014 18U national championship with co-coach Judy Rexroth. 

The Bakersfield High graduate played collegiately at San Jose State and South Florida.

“I am excited to become part of the Garces family and the athletic tradition there. I am ready to build the program and be as competitive as we can be in the SWYL,” Wulff said. “I’ve coached many Garces student-athletes with great success both on and off the court. I am ready to be a Ram!”

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