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Georgetown College volleyball program is bringing back one of its own to replace assistant Kevin Ulmer, who took a head coaching position at Bethel College.
"It's very exciting to have Amy (Barmore) back. She has maintained a great relationship with this program, with me and with the players," said Tiger coach Nick Griffin. "Her passion for Georgetown, our athletic tradition and the sport of volleyball will be a tremendous asset to this program."
Barmore, a 2010 Georgetown graduate, was an All-American her senior season, helping Georgetown to the improbable run at a national title. She started all four years at libero during her time here and the Male High School graduate was definitely a true find for GC's legendary program.
She played in the second most games (624), has the most digs (2,840), most aces (270) and finished with the 10th most career assists (570).
Following graduation, she stayed connected to volleyball by coaching at Tates Creek High School, Scott County High School and for Lexington United Volleyball Club.
"I've learned a lot in the past few years helping at the high school and club levels in central Kentucky," Barmore said. "It was different at first because the competitive nature is not the same, but it was awesome to watch these programs grow and see the athletes improve."
When Ulmer took the job in Indiana, she felt it was time to put her name in to return to Georgetown.
"Obviously the first couple of years out are hard to come back and be a coach of a program you just played for," Barmore said. "But, I've had time to gain perspective and have a different approach to being here."
The seniors for the upcoming season were freshman during Barmore's final season, and that bond gives her an inside track that Griffin's previous assistants needed longer to develop. She also knows what it takes to be a successful student-athlete at GC.
"I'm super excited to be back, and this is a dream come true," Barmore said. "It is cool to see how my former teammates have matured and grown. The respect is already there. I know what the expectations of this program are and how we achieve those goals."
GC has not won an MSC tournament title since Barmore's graduation, something the former libero and Griffin are ready to see change.
"The past two seasons have had its share of challenges, but the program has weathered the storm and is ready for a great 2012 season," Griffin said. "Moving forward I know we have the players and the coaching staff in place to meet those expectations head-on."