Templeton, a 6-foot-1 senior setter, amassed 1,271 assists, 541 digs, 436 kills, 93 service aces and 59 blocks this past season, leading the Cougars (48-10) to the Class AAAAAA state finals. An Under Armour First Team All-American as named by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Templeton owned a .435 hitting percentage and .528 kill percentage. The Class AAAAAA Co-Player of the Year as named by the Georgia Volleyball Coaches Association, she twice earned All-American honors for the A5 Volleyball Club at the AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships.
Templeton, who has maintained a 3.68 GPA, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of Miami beginning in the fall of 2014.
“It is truly an honor to watch a young lady achieve her dreams," said Chattahoochee's Head Volleyball Coach Jennie Blevins. "I know how hard Haley has worked over the past four years and now that determination and drive are paying off. She is making Chattahoochee proud. I am so excited for her and what the future holds for her.”
"I had the pleasure of coaching Haley for three years when she was just starting to play volleyball," said Tim Corrigan, Chattahoochee's Curriculum Assistant Principal. "What I remember most about Haley was her athleticism, her competitiveness and her keen volleyball IQ for such a young player. She was also very coachable and had natural leadership that helped create dynamic team chemistry on the court. These skills improved during her high school and club career and she is the most respected volleyball player in Georgia."
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.