Stephanie Dragan is entering her fourth season as the head coach of the Western Carolina Catamount volleyball program. Hired on April 25, 2005, Dragan became the seventh head coach in Western Carolina volleyball history, assuming control of the program from former head coach and WCU alum Angell Benson.
In the 2006 season, Dragan helped direct freshman Liz Rodone to a record-setting year. The libero tallied 770 digs in her freshman campaign, ranking her 15th in the nation, and smashing the previous Western Carolina single-season record. Rodone was also placed on the CVU (Collegiate Volleyball Update) Rising Star List.
Dragan's first win at Western came in the opening round of the Samford Invitational, a 3-1 victory on September 10, 2005. Three days later, WCU gave Dragan her first-ever Southern Conference victory, winning on the road 3-1 over Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C., in her first conference match. Western also ended its winless drought in the SoCon Volleyball Championship, sweeping UNC Greensboro for Dragan's first conference tournament victory and advancing the Catamounts for the first-time since 2000. Under Dragan's tutelage, three different Catamounts were named to all-tournament teams in `05 and Meredith Harmon was named to the SoCon's TIAA-CREF Fall All-Academic team.
Prior to coming to Cullowhee, Dragan spent seven successful seasons as the head coach of Centre College in Danville, Ky., which is about 35 miles south of Lexington. She compiled an overall record of 159-107 (.597) with the Colonels' program, including five-consecutive 20-plus win seasons after finishing with 28 victories and an unblemished home record during the 2004 campaign.
While at Centre, Dragan produced an All-American, two all-region players, and 15 All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) selections. She also coached the 2003 and 2004 SCAC Freshmen of the Year, with last year's honoree, Sarah Burger, named as the South Region Freshman of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Last season, Centre was also awarded four SCAC Player of the Week selections, the second-most in the conference.
Dragan also coached Centre's Leah Ballinger, who became the SCAC's all-time leader in assists last season. She finished her career with 5,997 assists having seen action in every match during her four years. In 2001, Dragan was named the SCAC Coach of the Year after leading the Colonels to a 26-8 overall record.
Originally from Bedford, Ohio, Dragan was a standout setter at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in social science in 1994. She began her coaching career at Agnes Scott College, a private liberal arts college in Decatur, Ga. In addition to directing the Scotties' volleyball program for two seasons, Dragan also coached softball.