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Gwen Egbert joins IU volleyball coaching staff



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IU volleyball Coach Steve Aird encourages his team during fall camp in August 2018. Aird said new volunteer assistant Gwen Egbert is "an impressive person with a contagious energy." Photo courtesy of Craig Bisacre

Gwen Egbert will be added the IU volleyball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant, the program announced last week.

Egbert has 33 years of coaching experience at the collegiate, high school and travel volleyball levels.

"Gwen is an impressive person with a contagious energy," IU volleyball head coach Steve Aird said in a release. "She is one of the finest coaches I have every had the opportunity to work with.  Her experience in the high school and club level is so impressive and with eight freshmen making the transition to our program her skill set becomes invaluable.”

Egbert led Papillion Lavista and Papillion Lavista South High Schools in Nebraska to a combined nine Metro conference crowns, six state titles and 700-223 overall record. In 2003, she was named the Omaha World Herald Coach of the Year. One decade later, she was awarded the PrepVolleyball National Coach of the Year at the high school level.

"Steve and I have a great relationship that has lasted for over 15 years," Egbert said in a release. "He has brought his huge heart, passion, work ethic and love to this Indiana program. I am blessed to be a part of this incredible coaching staff and to see this program go to the top."

Egbert spent two years of her collegiate playing career at Kellogg Community College in Michigan before transferring to Nebraska. As a captain in her senior year, Egbert helped lead Nebraska to its first NCAA National Tournament appearance in program history.

After graduating, Egbert served as a graduate assistant at Nebraska for two years.

The IU volleyball program is coming off of a 14-19 record last season, including a 3-17 conference mark. 

This fall, Aird is bringing in the No. 15 recruiting class in the nation, according to PrepVolleyball.com. It’s the highest ranked recruiting class in program history.

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