Catamount Volleyball opens up this season at home hosting the Western Carolina Invitational hosted by Best Western
Nicole McCoy was added to the Western Carolina volleyball coaching staff in July, 2012. The former University of South Alabama assistant coach spent the last year working with the defense.
Prior to South Alabama, McCoy spent the previous four years at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., working three seasons as an assistant and one season as a graduate assistant for the Colonels. While at Nicholls State, she worked with the setters and the defensive specialists, supervised the academic progress of the student-athletes, initiated community service projects and worked with the strength and conditioning staff in organizing the training program for the team.
During the 2010-11 academic year, McCoy was an assistant coach, while also serving in an administrative and game operations role. In 2010, NSU libero Danielle Daigle led the nation in digs per set during the season, before finishing the year ranked 11th with 5.63 dps.
In her first two seasons as a full-time assistant with the Colonels, McCoy worked under former Jag assistant Chris Laird. During those two seasons, Nicholls State made its first back-to-back appearances in the Southland Conference tournament and earned the program's first conference tourney victory in 200
9, advancing to the semifinal round.
Under McCoy's tutelage, Colonel setter Amy Whitehead also became the career leader in assists and the first Nicholls State player to eclipse the 3,000 assists mark for her career.
Prior to becoming part of the full-time coaching staff at NSU, McCoy served one season as a graduate assistant coach, handling film exchange and team travel.
McCoy arrived at Nicholls State after spending the 2006 season as a volunteer assistant at Temple College, where she helped the Leopards capture both the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference and the Region 5 championship, while also making an appearance at NJCAA national tournament.
As a player, McCoy played for two years at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas where the Rebels earned a NTJCAC championship, advanced to the Region 5 finals and finished in Top 20 of the NJCAA poll in 2002. Following her junior college experience, she played one season at the University of Texas-Dallas in Richardson, Texas where she was a setter before having her career cut short due to a knee injury.
The Belton, Texas, native graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2007 with a bachelor of science in exercise and sport science and a minor in art. In May of 2010, McCoy also earned her master's of education degree at Nicholls State.