Kearney, Neb. – Nebraska-Kearney assistant volleyball coach Kaleigh Zoucha has been named as the head volleyball coach at Division II Valdosta (Ga.) State. Zoucha, a Lincoln Southwest graduate, spent the last nine years at UNK as either a player (2009-12), graduate assistant coach (2013-15) or full-time assistant coach (2016-17). “Nobody has ever given more of themselves to Loper Volleyball then Kaleigh Zoucha. In addition to the countless contributions she has made as a player and coach, she has been a loyal confidant and friend to me and my family,” said Loper head coach Rick Squiers. “While we will miss her greatly, I couldn’t be happier that she has earned such an outstanding opportunity. She is a rising star in the collegiate coaching ranks and will quickly do great things for the Blazer program.”
The VSU Blazers are a member of the Gulf South Conference and posted a 12-17 (6-10) in 2017. Head coach Mike Swan retired on February 15 after five years at the helm. He posted a 79-46 record in his time at Valdosta and won over 600 matches in a 30-plus year career. “Coach Squiers has been one of the most important people in my life for nine years and I will never be able to thank him enough for his support and friendship. Being a part of this volleyball program as an athlete and a coach has been such a meaningful and special experience. I will forever be grateful for my time in Kearney,” said Zoucha.
A former Loper defensive specialist and libero, Zoucha moved to the coaching bench in the spring of 2013 and was promoted to full-time status in the winter of 2015. Over the past five seasons, the Lopers have gone a combined 152-24, reached five NCAA Tournaments and finished eighth, fifth, 15th, fifth and ninth, respectively, in the final AVCA national poll. UNK is currently going through spring ball and hopes to announce Zoucha’s replacement in the coming months.