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WCU’s volleyball program gets a new head coach for 2011

By BRYAN POWELL

Karen Glover, assistant volleyball coach at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and former head coach at Arizona Western College, was named Western Carolina’s ninth head volleyball coach earlier this spring. Glover brings more than a decade of coaching experience to the program, including four seasons as a head coach in the collegiate ranks.

“We are very pleased to have Karen Glover join our staff as the head volleyball coach,” said Chip Smith, director of athletics. “Her drive and her enthusiasm for volleyball are very evident. We are looking forward to Karen returning Western Carolina volleyball to a position of prominence in the Southern Conference.”

While at Arizona Western College, Glover directed the team to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region I Tournament, its ninth consecutive regional appearance. She also coached four all-conference performers and an NJCAA All-American. In addition, Glover’s program attained a 3.2 overall team grade point average.

Prior to her stint at AWC, she spent two years as head coach at Phoenix College. Glover turned the Lady Bears program around in her first season, as the team went from 10 wins in the season prior to a playoff-bound squad that won 17 of its last 25 games and finished third in the conference. The following year, she directed Phoenix College to an Arizona Community College Athletic Conference co-championship with a 16-2 league record and a fourth-place finish at the national tournament. Overall, Glover had a 45-24 record in her two years at PC and was named 2007 ACCAC Coach of the Year.

Certified by USA Volleyball and the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Glover earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and communications from Hiram College (Ohio) in 1993. She is pursuing her master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University Irvine.

“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to be the next head volleyball coach at Western Carolina University,” said Glover. “Throughout this process, I have been impressed by the level of support the athletics department has provided. I am looking forward to working with the team and rebuilding the program.”

Glover takes over a Catamount squad that finished 4-26 overall and 1-15 in the Southern Conference last season and holds a 613-604 all-time record. Returning for the Catamounts is senior Carrie Minogue, who was an ESPN All-Academic District III Third Team selection this past season.

Bryan Powell is an intern in the athletics media relations office.