Volleyball coach resigns

On Wednesday Kellie Ryan announced that she would be stepping down as head coach of the Falcon volleyball team.

When asked about her resignation, Ryan wrote in an email:

"SPU is a fantastic institution and as an alumna it’s been a pleasure representing the University on the court and in the volleyball community. Watch the 2005 season with enthusiasm because the team is extremely talented and driven — I know they will be successful."

In a recent press release published by the SPU athletic department Ryan wrote:

"This was a difficult decision because while we accomplished a great deal in my five seasons, I believe even better days lie ahead. Still, I feel that it’s time to go, and I will explore other opportunities, both inside and outside the sport."

Ryan led the Falcons to their first NCAA Division II playoffs during her first year as head coach. Her overall record as head coach was 85-51 and 56-34 in league play. Last season the Falcons were 15-11 and placed fourth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Ryan has deep roots in the SPU community. She was an alumna and played for the Falcon volleyball squad from 1988-91, during which time she became the SPU record-holder for career serve aces and single-match assists, two records that she still holds.

After graduation, Ryan began her coaching career. She was an assistant coach at SPU for two years and then assisted at Syracuse, returning later to SPU to become the head coach for the women’s volleyball team.

According to the same press release mentioned earlier, Athletic Director Tom Box and his athletic department have already begun searching for a new head coach. Assistant coach Chris Johnson has currently stepped in and is leading the team in training as the search for the new head coach continues.

According to sophomore Falcon volleyball player Shelby Gihring, Box has been working closely with the team throughout the process of finding their next head coach.

When asked about the resignation of Ryan, Gihring said, "We’re still the same team regardless, and that’s comforting."

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Title: Volleyball coach resigns | Author: Noelle Diaz | Section: Sports | Published Date: 2005-04-27 | Internal ID: 4500