Egbert to Head Volleyball Program
Doane College Athletic Director Greg Heier has announced the hiring of Gwen Egbert as volleyball head coach. Egbert replaces Cindy Meyer who announced her retirement following the completion of the 2012 volleyball season.
Egbert brings a decorated resume to Doane following an outstanding high school coaching career at Papillion-LaVista and Papillion-LaVista South High Schools. She was named the Lincoln Journal Star Coach-of-the-Year in 2002 and 2012 while earning the Omaha World Herald honor in 2003.
"I am excited that Coach Egbert will be joining our coaching staff," Heier commented of the hiring. "Her commitment to excellence, her passion for volleyball and her record of success made her an outstanding candidate for the position. Though we lost an excellent coach when Coach Meyer retired, we found in Coach Egbert an outstanding person and coach to assume leadership of our volleyball program. Her ability to develop volleyball talent and to get the most of the student-athletes she coaches will result in a continuation of excellence for Doane College Volleyball."
At the high school level, Egbert posted a record of 700-223 with six Class A State Championships, including titles each of the last three years. Her teams also took runner-up honors on seven occasions. Egbert's squads made the championship game of the Class A Tournament in 13 of their 17 appearances.
"I have always dreamed that some day I would get to coach at the college level and it's exciting that Doane College is where I get to live it," Egbert said. "I have worked very hard over 26 years to develop high school athletes to the next level. Getting the opportunity to actually work in the college setting is something I am looking forward to and Doane has proven over the years to be a quality institution and a top NAIA volleyball program. I hope to continue that success as I begin a new career as the coach at Doane."
Prior to the start of her coaching career, Egbert played volleyball at the University of Nebraska under Coach Terry Pettit. After two years at Kellogg Community College in Michigan, Egbert transferred to Nebraska where she was a member of two Big 8 championship teams. She was selected a team captain her senior year and was named First Team All-Big 8. The team also made their first NCAA National Tournament appearance that year, going 1-1 in the tournament.
During her two years at Nebraska, the Huskers went 56-16, winning both the regular season and tournament conference championships. Following the completion of her playing days, Egbert got her start in coaching as a graduate assistant for Nebraska. The team made a second straight appearance in the NCAA National Tournament that season.
"Gwen Egbert is an excellent choice as the Head Women's Volleyball Coaching position at Doane College," Pettit commented. "For years Gwen has been one of the best coaches (high school or college) at developing players in the state of Nebraska. Her passion for the sport and the high energy she brings to practice on a daily basis will serve to take a very good program to the next level. She demands a lot from her players but even more from herself. She will make a significant contribution to the athletic department at Doane College."
Doane College offers 23 varsity sports and is a proud member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). The Tiger volleyball team is coming off a 28-9 season in which they qualified for the NAIA National Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons.
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