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Georgetown College athletics is excited to announce Christina Coleman will be taking over the Tiger volleyball program following Nick Griffin's resignation. GC went 29-10 this past season and made a fifth straight national tournament appearance.
"We wish Coach Griffin the best in his future endeavors, but we are ready to focus on our future. It is an honor to announce Coach Coleman as the program's fifth coach," said GC director of athletics Brian Evans. "Our previous four coaches have achieved levels of success we've come accustomed to both on the court and more importantly in the classroom. We know we will get nothing less from Christina. She had a lot of success in college and has a great track record as a college coach in helping athletes succeed on the court and off."
Coleman is no stranger to Georgetown. Following her graduation with a bachelors in physical education from Kentucky State University, the highly decorated volleyball player served as assistant coach for Scott County High School. In her one season with the Cardinals, she helped to guide a pair of all-conference and all-city selections.
Georgetown College volleyball coach Nick Griffin has picked up a mid-year NCAA Division I transfer from East Tennessee State University. Madison Mudd, a freshman defensive specialist, helped the Bucs to a regular season Southern Conference title, but was ready to be closer to home.
"I felt as if I could connect with the team and really make an impact here at Georgetown," Mudd said. "ETSU is in Johnson City, Tenn., which is about five hours from home, so Georgetown also had the added bonus of being less than an hour from Louisville."
The former Mercy High School standout will continue her college and athletic ventures with the Tigers starting in January. For ETSU, Mudd tallied 69 digs in 51 sets for a 1.35 average.
The season continues to speak for itself as more volleyball honors are bestowed on Georgetown College student-athletes. NAIA office announced Tuesday afternoon Jenny Howell, Sarah Bell and Ashlee Howe have been named to the All-American teams.
Howell, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, earned second team honors, a step above her third team placement a year ago. She tallied 513 kills and becomes the ninth Tiger to ever earn NAIA All-American status at least twice in her career.
"Jenny's development from freshman year has been fun to watch," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "Her hitting abilities really took center stage this past year and then her growth to being an all court player was vital to our success this season."
With a historic program that is a prohibitive favorite to be in the national tournament every year, it becomes difficult to earmark one season over another as best. This year is no different for the Georgetown College volleyball team. The Tigers were ranked in the Top 15 all season, reaching as high as No. 8 during a stretch of 13 straight wins. Injuries mounted and made the postseason a difficult road, but GC played hard in Sioux City, Iowa. It ended much earlier than coach Nick Griffin or his team would have liked, but one thing is for sure, the accolades will not.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association has already started the wheel of postseason honors to trickle Georgetown's way.
For the second time in three years a Tiger assistant has been honored as the Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Felicia Pace, in her third season with GC, was selected as the 2016 honoree.
Georgetown College volleyball had a lot to figure out this season after graduating six valuable seniors from the 2015 team. The youthful crew did not need much time to establish a new chemistry, working the way up the rankings and eventually being as high as No. 8 for nearly a month. The No. 11 Tigers (29-10) had a streak of 13 straight wins, highlighted by a four-set home victory over then No. 3 Lindsey Wilson College.
Unfortunately a string of tough luck led to a surprising end Thursday afternoon. GC dropped its third match to No. 6 Eastern Oregon University, finishing the 2016 NAIA National Volleyball Championship pool play winless. The Mountaineers (31-2) won Pool F with a 25-16, 25-18, 26-24 win over Georgetown.
"Teams make it to Iowa for a reason and this was a tough year for us here," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "We had a shot and that is all you can ask for. I'm very proud of the overall season we had and the things we accomplished for being so young."