WAYNE – The Wayne High volleyball program didn't have to go far to find its new head coach.

Nichelle Daum, who served the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the Blue Devils, has been named as head coach according Wayne High athletic director Dave Wragge.

Daum replaces Traci Krusemark, who stepped down as head coach after recording over 200 wins in her 10 seasons at the helm.

Krusemark was 215-109 in her stint with the Blue Devils, earning a Mid-State Conference tournament championship, in addition to a two conference regular season crowns and three state tournament appearances.

Wayne most recently made state in 2019, the second of two straight seasons that the Blue Devils reached Lincoln.

Krusemark's 2013 squad made it to the state tournament, marking the first time in a decade the Blue Devils had reached the final eight in Class C-1. Wayne has made the state tournament 10 times, reaching the semifinals twice. The program is still seeking its first state title.

Wayne went 15-13 this past season falling to Battle Creek in five sets during the C1-7 Subdistrict Tournament semifinal. Daum's first squad will be replacing six graduating seniors. 

Daum also serves as a resource and special education teacher at Wayne Community Schools.