July 20, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -
Western Carolina University volleyball coach Karen Glover announced the hiring of assistant coaches Nicole McCoy and Jamie Stancliff to the Catamount coaching staff effective immediately. McCoy comes to Cullowhee from the University of South Alabama where she served as an assistant coach while Stancliff just graduated from East Tennessee State University where she lettered for four years for the Buccaneers.
“I am very excited that Nicole and Jamie have chosen to join the Catamount family,” said head coach Karen Glover. “Their experience and knowledge will be invaluable as we continue to build the program. "
McCoy spent two seasons working with the USA volleyball team, primarily focusing on 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 2009, 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.
Former East Tennessee State standout Jamie Stancliff joins the Catamount volleyball staff for the 2012 season. Stancliff – a middle blocker for the Bucs - wrapped up her career at ETSU being named the Bucs’ Defensive MVP Award. Stancliff was also named a Second-Team All-Atlantic Sun performer after leading the league in blocks, moved into fourth place in ETSU history for most block assists in a single season with 112 during her senior year. She now holds the third and fourth spots on the list as her 124 block assists as a junior rank third in school history.
Stancliff, an Advance, N.C., native was a multisport athlete at Ronald Reagan High School where she was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and swimming, and a three-year letterwinner in cross country and track and field. Stancliff broke the school record for kills with 273 as a senior leading all players in her conference. She also has national playing experience, as she was a member of the IC Stars USA Volleyball team from 2005-07.
Stancliff graduated from East Tennessee State with a degree in Education in May.
Karen Glover is in her second season at the helm of the Western Carolina volleyball program. 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.