"I'm at a point where I wanted to test the waters, and to see what it will be like to coach at the next level," Bolick said. "And if I really want to coach at that level. It's wide open right now, and I like that because it's a personal challenge for me, if I want to continue coaching, especially at the college level. And going to ASU is a perfect fit.
"(App State coach) Sarah Strickland and (her top assistant) Linday Cobb are tremendous coaches, and their great people. I need to learn more about the game, if I want to be a successful head coach, to keep growing as a head coach. And for me personally, it's better to learn under someone at that level. Coach Strickland and I have a similar coaching philosophy and it's a great fit personality wise. This is a good learning tool for me."
Bolick, who graduated from WHS in 2005, took over as coach of the Pioneers in the spring of 2011. During her four-year stay with the program, the Pioneers have gone 43-24-8. They're currently 10-2-3 this season.
Bolick was a four-year varsity player in soccer and a four-year varsity player in basketball. She was a three-time all-conference selection, and a two-time all-region performer in soccer. She was also named the Northwestern 4A Player of the Year her senior year in 2005; She was also named to the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association Class 4A All State Team her senior year. Bolick was named was a two-time Honorable Mention selection in basketball her junior and senior years at WHS.
At Charleston Southern, Bolick was a two-time all conference performer and she was named the team's Most Valuable Player both her junior and senior years.
"It was extremely tough to walk away from this group I have at Watauga," she said. "But it's an exciting opportunhity for me. I know I'm leaving behind a great group of girls, a great group of parents and a very supportive community. It's extremely difficult. But it's something I have to do.
"I still need to learn more about the game, and coach Strickland and her staff are very supportive of me. We'll got at it full-time this summer once our season at Watauga is over. I may even take a couple of courses at ASU (next fall) and get my Master's degree, which is something I need to do, if I want to continue coaching at that level. I'm excited about this opportunity and my goal is to succeed."
Something she's done her entire life.