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UW hires new volleyball coach

May 29, 2013 - From staff reports

University of Wyoming athletics director Tom Burman announced that Chad Callihan has been hired as the head coach of the women's volleyball program. Callihan becomes the 13th head volleyball coach in Cowgirl history.

"We are excited to have Chad lead our program in the future," said Burman. "The group of student-athletes who are currently in the program are great young ladies, which should position us well for success. His experience and success at the Division I level bodes well for the program now and in the future."

Callihan comes to Wyoming from Georgia Southern University where he spent the past five seasons at the helm. While at GSU, he turned the program around after inheriting a team that went 10-21 overall in 2007. He led them to 16 wins in his first season and a 21-10 overall mark in 2009.

He helped the Eagles to a 27-9 record overall in 2010 and their best winning percentage in school history (.750) en route to their first SoCon title in since 2003. The 2010 team was one win short of tying the Eagles' best mark of 28 victories in 1993, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history.

In 2012, Georgia Southern won the league's South Division regular season title with a 15-1 mark and went 25-7 overall. Senior Kate Van Dyke was named the SoCon Player of the Year and First Team All-League, while Callihan won SoCon Coach of the Year honors.

The Eagles notched three 20-win campaigns during his time there while posting a 107-59 overall record and 59-23 in league play. Under his guidance, GSU student-athletes earned a total of 19 postseason SoCon honors.

Callihan owns a 227-135 career record and a 134-46 conference mark in 11 years as a head coach .Not only have his teams succeeded on the court, they have done so in the classroom. All four of his Mountaineer teams received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award, and his Georgia Southern squad earned the honor in 2010 and 2011. Senior Moriah Bellissimo was named First Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America and earned a SoCon Presidential Scholarship in 2012.

He joined the Eagles after spending the 2007 campaign as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia.

He helped with the Bulldogs' turnaround, improving a 6-25 record in 2006 to a 17-13 overall mark in 2007.

From 2003-07, he spent time at fellow SoCon member Appalachian State. Callihan posted an 88-44 (.667) overall record and a .814 league winning percentage (57-13) during his tenure with the Mountaineers. He was named 2004 SoCon Coach of the Year after leading the Apps to consecutive North Division championships (2003-04).

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