CINCINNATI, Ohio-- The search for the next head women's volleyball coach at Mount St. Joseph is officially over. Abby Smith, a coach with more than five years of collegiate assistant coaching experience, has been named the Mount St. Joseph University head women's volleyball coach, athletic director Steve Radcliffe announced today.
Smith has been an assistant coach at Denison University over the past three seasons. During her time at Denison the Big Red compiled a 41-44 record. She coached three first team all-conference performers, and handled much of the recruiting for the program.
Prior to her time at Denison, Smith was a graduate-assistant at her alma mater Mount Vernon Nazarene University under Paul Swanson. She was also a fine player at Mount Vernon as during her time there the team compiled a 159-35 record, and competed in the schools first ever NAIA national championship in 2007.
She takes over a program that was absolutely dominant in the not-so distant past. Coach Smith is aware of the history of the program, "I am thrilled to be a part of a program and a University with such a rich history of excellence on the court and in the classroom" said Coach Smith. She went on to say, "I want to thank President Williams, Steve Radcliffe, Melanee Wagener and the search committee for this opportunity, I am honored to be the next head volleyball coach at Mount St. Joseph University."
Director of Athletics Steve Radcliffe had this to say when asked about the hiring, "I am very pleased that Abby Smith will be joining the Mount St. Joseph athletic family. Abby is very passionate about the game of volleyball and the student athlete experience. She brings with her a love of the game and knowledge of how it can transform a student's life. I am confident that Mount Volleyball and student-athlete leadership development will flourish under her leadership."
Please join us in welcoming Abby Smith into the Mount St. Joseph University family!