The Union Recorder

May 3, 2012

Bobcats find volleyball head coach

Kyle Collins
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Just a week after announcing the addition of volleyball to Georgia College athletics, a Wednesday press conference identified the leader of the program. Gretchen Krumdieck was introduced as the first ever head coach for Bobcat Volleyball.

Krumdieck comes from a three-year assistant coach stint at Division I Davidson College. In 2010, she stepped in as interim head coach and led the Wildcats to a 16-18 overall record.

Interim University President Dr. Stas Preczewski spoke about the importance of the new women’s sport bringing strong scholar athletes to Georgia College. Volleyball is a great part of Title IX correction goals, according to Preczewski.

The new coach is confident in her ability to recruit intelligence and high character. Davidson and time spent at High Point University give Krumdieck a grasp of the optimal student-athlete.

“That has helped me understand the way this school is. Not everyone can recruit to a school like this,” Krumdieck said. “All my experiences at Davidson and High Point have all involved some academic standards. I’m used to looking for students first and then volleyball players.”

Athletic Director Wendell Staton praised Krumdieck’s quality care of students, recruiting clout and organizational skills that lead to her hiring. Staton said volleyball is the right program at the right time for Georgia College.

“We hire people, and they recruit people first. Coach Krumdieck has shown great integrity and loyalty in some tough situations. She is what is great about college sports,” Staton said.

The Bobcat program dives into official competition fall 2013. GC joins Columbus State University as both schools debut that fall, giving the PBC 10 volleyball teams.

Adding an 11th sport gives the Georgia College fan base another great spectator option. The Centennial Center will host the volleyball action.

As a player, Krumdieck boasts an impressive Division II background at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va. She led her team to two West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) regular season crowns and one NCAA tournament appearance.

In 2000, she was named WVIAC Player of the Year and an All-American Honorable Mention. Krumdieck’s pinnacle as assistant coach occurred at High Point University, where she helped the Panther’s to a 24-7 record in 2007.

The Panthers set school records for most wins, best winning percentage and most consecutive wins that season.

Krumdieck plans to recruit heavily from club teams around the region and pull from an established base in state. The first Bobcat recruiting trip will be at a Florida AAU event this June. The new coach sees nothing but positives from being fresh in the collegiate volleyball landscape.

“It’s a huge advantage because we are the first ones and get to set the mold and all the records. We’ll be the ones to promote (volleyball) within the community. I’m ready for the challenge,” Krumdieck said.