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Georgetown College's volleyball program is breeding ground for coaches. The Tigers have seen many assistant coaches move on to take on programs or make that next step in their careers. Amy Barmore, '09, will do just that this season just south of Georgetown in Lexington.
The highly decorated Tiger athlete returned to the Orange & Black in 2011 and today she was announced as the full time assistant for Kyle Walton at Transylvania University.
"It is never easy leaving what felt like home to me," Barmore said about the decision. "However, this is a chance for me to learn and grow as a coach. I'm chasing my dream of being a Division I coach and this is the next step."
The libero played for GC coach Nick Griffin her senior year, helping the Tigers to a national title runner-up finish. In her two seasons on the sidelines, Georgetown has returned to the national tournament elimination stage and also reclaimed the Mid-South Conference Tournament title in 2013.
"This is a good opportunity for Amy and we wish her well," Griffin said. "She's been so much a part of this program since I came here in 2009. However, being able to work for Kyle and get her name in at the NCAA level as a full time coach is just something she couldn't pass up."
Walton spent the past several seasons helping University of Kentucky and before that University of Louisville. At UK he was technical director, helping the Wildcats to their eighth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and two-straight Sweet 16 appearances.
"In order for me to really be ready to be a head coach at the college level, I feel it is important to learn how other coaches do things," Barmore said. "I've been very fortunate to be a part of Georgetown, as player and a coach, but I need this challenge to develop more. I'm excited to learn under Kyle and be a part of the Transylvania system."
The Pioneers compete in the NCAA Division III Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. They went 23-12 in 2013, including 8-1 in HCAC.