Jan. 7, 2011
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson head volleyball coach Jolene Jordan Hoover has announced the addition of Kelsey Murphy to her staff as an assistant coach. Murphy was a three-time All-ACC selection as a setter for the Tigers from 2006-09.
“We’re very happy to have Kelsey back with our program,” said Hoover. “I am so proud of what she has accomplished with her career. Having alumni come back is, in my mind, a fantastic compliment to our program. Alumni have such pride in the program and in the university, an understanding of the landscape and commitment that we have here.”
“I am really excited to come back to Clemson,” said Murphy. “It’s like my second home. I had such a great experience here, and I am looking forward to assisting the girls in reaching all of the successes that we were able to accomplish when I was a player. The time I have spent at Clemson and Tennessee Tech has prepared me to lead a new group of girls, and I am truly excited to begin.”
Murphy, along with Clemson Hall of Fame alum, Jodi (Steffes) Welp comprise the coaching staff, and between them have six AVCA All-region honors, and seven All-ACC selections. Ironically, the two also attended the same high school, Providence Catholic High School.
“Kelsey was a very competitive player while she was at Clemson and there is no doubt that she will bring that competitiveness to our team and will be a very positive role model in her new position as a coach here.”
Murphy, a native of New Lenox, IL, spent the 2010 season as a Volunteer Assistant Coach with Tennessee Tech.
Prior to her graduation in May of 2010, Murphy was a four-year starter for Hoover’s Clemson team. She led Clemson to NCAA tournament appearances in each of her final three seasons, and was named All-ACC and AVCA All-Region in each of those seasons. She also guided the Tigers to an ACC Championship in 2007, and helped Clemson to the league’s highest hitting percentage in two of her four seasons.
Murphy finished her career as the only player in ACC history with 5,000 assists, 1,000 digs, and 400 blocks in a career.
Clemson finished the 2010 season 18-13, and 9-11 in ACC play, falling just short of an NCAA bid, as their final RPI was 66th.
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