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Former Eagle Katie Charles named head coach at Kenyon College

(Posted January 15, 2008)

(From Kenyon College Sports Information)

GAMBIER, Ohio -- Peter Smith, Kenyon College's Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation, announced that Katie Charles has been hired as the new head coach of the Ladies volleyball program. Charles, who was a member of the 2004 NCAA Division III national championship team at Juniata College, brings a wide range of game-tested knowledge to campus.

"Katie has had outstanding exposure to both playing and coaching volleyball at its highest levels," Smith said. "I'm confident she'll bring a lot of enthusiasm to this program and steer it toward the competitive heights that she's accustomed to."

Charles worked last year as the director of volleyball operations at the University of Georgia. Prior to that, she worked as an assistant coach at Dartmouth College for one season (2006-07) and as an assistant coach with both the men's and women's teams at Endicott College for one season (2005-06).

"I am truly excited to become part of the Kenyon family," Charles said. "I think Kenyon will afford me the opportunity to grow with the program and really build a tradition. I am excited to take on this challenge as my own and to do it at such a prestigious school is an honor."

A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Charles is a 2005 graduate of Juniata College with a Bachelor of Arts in Peace Studies, Politics, and Economics. While at Juniata, she played four seasons of volleyball for the Eagles, who made three final four appearances during her time and captured the 2004 NCAA national championship title. Charles was a two-time all-conference selection and was named both an all-region and all-America player in 2003. She finished her collegiate career with 888 kills, a hitting percentage of .302, 450 digs, and 130 blocks in 100 matches played.

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