WCU to complete a 29-game schedule concluding with the 2017 Southern Conference Championships in Cullowhee
Camp set for July 23-25
Gabby Gray will join the Catamounts in the Fall of 2017
WCU brings in five recruits from four different states
WCU just 14 days away from its season opener
2016 Volleyball Preseason Practice
Western Carolina versus Georgia State
The Western Carolina volleyball team defeated Chattanooga 3-1 Friday, Oct. 31 inside the Ramsey Center.
Western Carolina played its final regular season match against Samford on Senior Day Saturday evening. Photos courtesy WCU Public Relations.
Karen Glover took the helm of the Western Carolina volleyball program in 2011. Glover, who was named the 2011 Southern Conference Coach of the Year, led the Catamounts to 13 wins in her first season in Cullowhee - the most overall victories since the Catamounts won 16 in 2003. WCU also amassed eight conference wins, making the SoCon Tournament for the first time since 2006.
Western Carolina also placed two freshmen - Caitlin Piechota and Jordan Timmermann - on the SoCon All-Freshmen Team.
In 2013, Glover guided the Catamounts to an 18-13 overall record - the program's first winning ledger and the most victories for the Purple & Gold in a single-season dating back to 2002 (22-12).
Glover continued the momentum in 2014 as she guided the Catamounts to their first Southern Conference Tournament win since 2005 and an overall record of 17-15. She saw two of her athletes become the ninth and tenth Catamounts in program history to achieve 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs while freshman Jo-Leigh VerVelde achieved the first triple-double in program history. She also guided a pair of seniors to become the first Catamount teammates to earn all-conference honors in the same season since 2001.
After achieving the first recorded triple-double in program history in 2014, VerVelde went on to lead the NCAA in triple-doubles in 2015 with 10. Glover also saw her senior Cristina Nazario become just the seventh Catamount in program history to achieve 3,000 career assists.
Glover dealt with a number of injuries on the 2016 squad but still led the Catamounts to a double-digit win season and had a pair of freshmen named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team.
She has now coached three Catamounts to all-conference honors during her tenure and five freshmen to all-freshman team honors.
Prior to coming to Cullowhee, Glover was an assistant volleyball coach at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and worked as head coach at Arizona Western College. Glover was named Western Carolina's ninth head volleyball coach on March 28, 2011.
Glover brought over a decade of coaching experience to the program, including four seasons as a head coach in the collegiate ranks. She served two separate two-year stints as the head coach at Arizona Western College and Phoenix College.
While at Arizona Western College she directed the team to a National Junior College Athletic Association Region I Tournament appearance, its ninth-consecutive regional appearance. Glover also coached four all-conference performers and an NJCAA All-American. In addition, Glover's program attained a 3.2 overall team grade point average.
Prior to her time at AWC, she spent two years as the head coach at Phoenix College. Glover turned the Lady Bears program around in her first season, as they went from 10 wins in the season prior to a playoff-bound team that won 17 of their last 25 games and finished third in the conference. The following season she directed Phoenix College to an Arizona Community College Athletic Association Co-Championship with a 16-2 league record and a fourth place finish at the national tournament. Overall, Glover had a 45-24 record in her two years at PC and was named 2007 ACCAC Coach of the Year. As well, her squads received NJCAA All-Academic recognition.
Glover began her coaching career at Cactus Shadows High School where she was the varsity volleyball head coach for seven years (1999-2006). She led the program to two Arizona State Championships and five regional titles.
In addition to her coaching experience, she is certified by USA Volleyball and the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Glover earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and communications from Hiram College (Ohio) in 1993. She received her master's degree in coach and athletic administration from Concordia University Irvine in 2013.