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Western Illinois Athletics announced the hire of Kelly Richardson as head coach of the Leatherneck Volleyball program. She began her duties on January 22, 2015
Richardson takes over a Western Illinois program that finished 6-23 overall and 4-12 last year in the Summit League, placing eighth out of nine teams. Western has not turned in a winning overall record since the 2005 season, and owns a .325 combined winning percentage over the last seven seasons. She becomes the programs 10th head coach dating back to the 1976 season.
Richardson is no stranger to turning around programs. During her seven years in charge of Southwest Baptist University (Missouri), the 2013 team turned in its first winning season since 1987, finishing 17-14 overall and tying for the best record in program history.
“I would like to thank Tommy Bell, and the rest of the search committee for giving me the opportunity to join the Leatherneck family. From the moment we stepped on campus my family and I felt at home,” said Richardson. “We are grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community and university. I am excited to start working with the team as we move the program forward in a positive direction.”
The Leatherneck volleyball program added a piece to its coaching staff for the 2018 season, head coach Kelly Richardson announced Friday (Feb. 2). Taylor Szypulski has been named assistant volleyball coach at Western Illinois.
“Taylor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our volleyball program. Having served on our staff previously, she has a working knowledge of how we train and is invested in the goals we have set forth for WIU Volleyball,” said Richardson. “Taylor is a great communicator and has developed strong relationships on our campus, as well as on the recruiting trail. She understands what it takes to be successful in The Summit League, and will continue helping our program as we make positive strides forward. Taylor’s intensity and work ethic in the gym is exactly what we’re looking for, and we are exceptionally happy to welcome her back to the Leatherneck family.”
Szypulski returns to Macomb after serving as a graduate assistant for the volleyball program at Western Illinois for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Marton enters her first year as a graduate assistant coach for the Leathernecks. She comes from Southwest Baptist College where she was a four year letter winner. In her time at Southwest Baptist, she earned an all-MIAA honorable mention selection.
Marton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and is pursuing a master’s in Kinesiology at Western Illinois.