Longtime Payson High sports fans should have no trouble recognizing the newly-appointed Lady Longhorn volleyball coach when the team makes its 1999 home debut Aug. 31 against Chino Valley.
PHS alumna Sue Weems, a member of the class of 1992, has replaced Steve Konvalin at the head of the school's volleyball program. Konvalin unexpectedly resigned, stating personal reasons, only one day after preseason drills tipped-off on Aug. 9.
During her years at Payson High School, Weems -- then Sue Larkins -- was one of the most accomplished athletes in her class. In volleyball, she was elected the team's most valuable player at the conclusion of her senior year, and was then tapped to participate in the Arizona Coaches' Association North vs. South All-Star game.
In addition to excelling in volleyball, she was a standout in both basketball and softball, earning postseason honors in both sports. She also was an honors student in college prep studies.
Following her graduation from PHS, she accepted a music scholarship to Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla.
In 1997, she graduated from OBU with a bachelor of science degree in secondary education.
In addition to her coaching duties, Weems teaches a full load of English classes at PHS.