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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.”
It was announced on Friday, February 13, that Dan Brown had been named assistant coach of the Leatherneck Volleyball program. Brown joins the staff after spending four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of North Dakota.
“Dan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our volleyball staff and program,” said Richardson. “He has strong recruiting ties in the Midwest, and has developed great relationships with some of the top clubs in the nation. The intensity he brings to the court is something our program is looking for, and it will continue to help push us forward in The Summit League. Dan has a great appreciation for this level of volleyball and understands the importance of consistent technique training. His ability to teach the game, and communicate, will make an immediate impact on our program. We are excited to welcome Dan, Nicole, MJ, and DeAnna to our Leatherneck family.”,
At Western Illinois, Brown will play a major role in recruiting, work with all aspects of the program, and will specifically handle the defensive schemes that the Leathernecks will implement.