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Kevin Ulmer might be a familiar face to some on Georgetown College's campus as he spent this past spring teaching lifetime fitness in the Kinesiology department. However, he is about to add another role - assistant volleyball coach.
"The volleyball program is thrilled with the addition of Kevin Ulmer to our staff," said third-year coach Nick Griffin. "His strengths complement this program really well, and we are very excited to hit the ground running. Kevin's passion for the game and relentless work ethic will make a tremendous impact on Georgetown volleyball."
Ulmer joins Griffin and third-year assistant Kim Thompson in pushing the Tigers to new heights.
"I know that Georgetown is a strong program, and I am very humbled by the opportunity to be a part of such a tradition," Ulmer said. "I am confident in the abilities of our staff to create a great environment for this tradition to continue to grow. As Nick and I have discussed, the 2009 national championship runner-up season was a great season. But, winning the conference is not good enough, being at the NAIA tournament is not good enough, and a runner-up is not good enough. So we press on."
Ulmer is passionate about working with collegiate athletes and has been doing so since assisting Mike Meyer at Northwestern College in 2004. Starting in 2005, he became head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at Moc-FV High School in Orange City, Iowa.
Then it was his turn as head coach from 2006-09 at Chattanooga Christian School.
"I think it is natural to want to pursue your passion to the point where you feel called," Ulmer said. "I had an incredible opportunity to rebuild a program at Chattanooga Christian, and I loved it.
"However, I also wanted to teach and coach at the college level."
It was a passion developed as he worked on his undergraduate degree at NWC. He majored in K-12 physical education and health, while playing for a club team and assisting Meyer. He would go on to get his master's in kinesiology with a concentration in biomechanics from University of Kentucky.
Ulmer came to Georgetown for the 2011 spring semester and has now seen another part of his goals achieved as he gets the opportunity to coach here as well.
"First, I would like to thank Nick, Eric Ward and the kinesiology staff for their support and confidence in my role at GC," Ulmer said. "My goal is to assist Nick, Kim and the women's volleyball team to continue to compete for conference titles and NAIA titles. My previous goal was to impact a collegiate volleyball program enough to where I felt I was needed as part of the staff. I consider this the stepping stone to reaching that goal. The opportunity to teach and coach at GC is part of my long term goal. After one semester at GC, I can confidently say that I have reached a job that I had hoped to find."
Ulmer is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and his thesis project was the biomechanical study of swing blocking.