RICHMOND, Indiana – Earlham College Head Volleyball Coach Lauren Horton announced staff changes to the program on Friday.
Kerri Kircher has joined the program as an assistant coach for the 2017 season.
"Kerri is a great addition to our staff," said Horton. "With her talent and knowledge, we can make practices more attention-based. Kerri also brings an excitement and passion that I think will be contagious."
In addition, Assistant Coach Hayley Kirby has been promoted to associate head coach.
"This is Hayley's third season on my staff and she has earned her new title," Horton said." Hayley and I have worked side by side while establishing our culture and igniting a fire within the program. Our efforts are paying off as we enter this exciting third season."
Kircher recently graduated from Stephens College (Missouri) with a degree in strategic communications and integrated marketing. She was a four-year member of the Stars' volleyball program and tallied 236 kills with a .206 attack percentage as a middle hitter during her senior season. A graduate of Northeastern High School, Kircher also has experience coaching youth volleyball including coaching for USA Athletes International in Costa Rica.
"Volleyball has always been a passion of mine, and I can't wait to share it with this team," Kircher said. Everyone in the athletics department has been so welcoming, and I'm excited to get started. Let's go Quakers!"
In two years as an assistant coach, Kirby has led the Quakers to their highest wins total in four years in 2016. She also mentored Ashleigh Burton to First Team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) honors, marking the first Quaker to earn such the honor in program history.
Earlham opens its 2017 season at the Illinois College Tournament on Sept. 1-2. The Quakers will play at home for the first time against Capital University on Sept. 9 as part of the 2017 Quaker Classic.