Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Draper named head volleyball coach at USF

The University of South Florida has named Courtney Draper its new head volleyball coach.
Courtney Draper
Draper brings nine years of head coaching experience at the Division I and II levels and 12 years of overall coaching experience. She served as head coach at Eckerd College for the last eight years.

Draper guided Eckerd to five NCAA DII Tournament appearances in eight seasons, including a second-round appearance in 2009 and reached the third-round in ’11, marking the school’s deepest run in program history. She brings a 160-118 overall career record
During her tenure at Eckerd, she produced 18 All-Conference players and coached 44 Commissioner’s Honor Roll student-athletes.

“I’m overjoyed at the opportunity to lead the Bulls volleyball program,” Draper said. “I’ve always had such respect for the program and people at USF and it’s been a dream of mine to work at one of the best Universities in the state.
“The administration at USF has shown great support for their volleyball program, and I believe that gives us the opportunity to achieve new levels of success. I’ve had an unbelievable time working at tremendous places like Eckerd and Florida State, but I can’t wait to start this new journey with USF.”

In 2011, Draper guided Eckerd to a 27-5 record and earned Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year honors, while being named the American Volleyball Coaches Association South Region Coach of the Year. She also mentored sophomore Lindsay Biggs to AVCA All-America honors.

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