The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Volleyball program has added a new face to the coaching staff, with former Villanova All-American Kim Maroon joining the Islanders as an assistant coach while enrolled in a graduate degree program.
She graduated from Villanova in 2012 with a communications degree, and will pursue a graduate degree in business at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.
Maroon comes to The Island after a stellar career in the Big East, garnering Third Team All-America honors following her senior season. During the campaign, the libero set a new NCAA record with a 6.87 digs per set average and had a new Big East record of 749 total in 2011.
She was named the Libero of the Year for the conference after both her junior and senior seasons, and was a First Team All-Big East selection twice, along with a second team honoree following her sophomore season. She led the conference in total digs her final three seasons with the Wildcats.
In addition to being one of the elite liberos in the nation during her collegiate career, Maroon is no stranger to coaching, having volunteered her time coaching the Philadelphia Volleyball Academy's PVA 18 Blue team the last three years. In addition to her time with the PVA program, Maroon also helped out by working camps and clinics during her Wildcats career.
During her junior year, Maroon actually played on her new home court as a member of the Villanova team that took part in the Islanders Classic tournament hosted in the Dugan Wellness Center. Against Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, she recorded a match-high 15 digs and was named to the all-tournament team at its conclusion.
"It's funny how that stuff works out, because obviously two years ago we didn't know who Kim was, and never would have predicted something like this would have worked out," said head coach Tony Graystone. "Fortunately, she had a great time when she was down here with her team, and has some other connections to Corpus Christi that has made this a reality. We are just happy to add a volleyball coach of her expertise."
Maroon will focus on working with two-year starting libero Micah Nolan and the other Islanders as they work to improve their games for the upcoming season.
"It's going to be huge, because honestly our serve receive wasn't very good last year," said Graystone. "Already, just through working with her in camps and talking to her about philosophies, we can tell that she is going to make a real difference with our ball control, passing and just getting our team in system.
"Beyond that, for as young as she is, she is extremely mature, very motivated and brings a lot of energy to our whole staff. We can't wait to get started with her full-time once the preseason starts."
Graystone, assistant coach Kendra Potts and Maroon begin practice with the 2012 team on Monday, August 6, in preparation for the season-opening Baylor Classic tournament in Waco.
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