Friday, April 18, 2014

OU's Symons resigns post

By The Herald Staff | 12/18/2013

Ottawa University has announced the resignation of head volleyball coach Tom Symons after five seasons with the Lady Braves.

Symons has an overall record of 97-66 and led Ottawa to two straight NAIA National Tournament appearances and two straight Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championships.

Ottawa University has announced the resignation of head volleyball coach Tom Symons after five seasons with the Lady Braves.

Symons has an overall record of 97-66 and led Ottawa to two straight NAIA National Tournament appearances and two straight Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championships.

He guided the 2012 squad to a school-best 30-6 record and an undefeated run through the KCAC regualar season and tourney.

During his five years at Ottawa, Symons has produced a number of standout players, including Nicole Gingery, Kristen Hendrickson and Chrissie Jeannin.

Hendrickson is the only Lady Brave to have amassed 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills in a career. Jeannin was named KCAC setter of the year and earned NAIA honorable mention All-American honors in 2012. Gingery was a two-time first team All-KCAC selection and an NAIA honorable mention All-American in 2013.

“Coach Symons has done a great job building the volleyball program over the last five years, and we wish him and his family all the best as they explore new challenges and opportunities,” Ottawa Director of Athletics Arabie Conner said.

Conner said that the University would begin a search for Symons’ replacement immediately.

“Given the recent successes and growth of the program, as well as the competitive strides by the conference over the last several years, we are very optimistic about our upcoming search and our ability to find an experienced and high quality coach as a replacement,” Conner said. “We will start a nationwide search immediately and hope to have a new head coach hired by mid to late January.”

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