TOUGH FILL: Callihan replaces former coach Carrie Yerty, who resigned May 3 for unspecified reasons. Yerty had led the Cowgirls to 21 plus win seasons in each of the last three years.
CAREER: Callihan was the head coach at Georgia Southern the previous five years, compiling an overall record of 107 59 with the Eagles, including an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010.
TUESDAY: Wyoming tabbed Chad Callihan as the school's new volleyball coach.
able to play to our athletes' strengths," Callihan said. "If that means the coaching staff having to change a few things, then so be it. We'll be able to adapt as we move along.
Callihan was named the 13th coach in school history, replacing former coach Carrie Yerty who resigned on May 3. The former Georgia Southern coach brings an impressive rsum to Laramie Callihan inherited a team that went 10 21 in 2007 and put them in the NCAA Tournament in less than three years.
Yerty led the UW program for the previous five years (82 70 overall), which included at least 21 wins in each of the last three seasons. UW administration declined to specify why Yerty resigned, but confirmed it was not to take another job. Nike Cortez Vancouver Last year, Wyoming finished 21 11 and 8 8 in the Mountain West. Prior to UW, Yerty compiled an overall record of 233 174 in 12 seasons at the University of Memphis.
So how does the new Cowgirls coach approach a program that finished with 21 plus victories in each of the previous three seasons and is still fresh off the former coach's mysterious resignation?
The Eagles recorded three 20 win season during his tenure, as Callihan compiled an overall record of 107 59 at GSU and boasts a career record of 227 135.
For Callihan's newest challenge, he said the goal isn't to overhaul a program that has seen success on the court. He cited said there were "so many things" that intrigued him about the Wyoming opening, but the support from the administration for the athletics programs was first and foremost. The people he and his family met on the visit closed the deal.
Chad Callihan will face a different challenge as head coach of the Wyoming volleyball program.
"I really believe that for us, it's just going to be building relationships with these young ladies," said Callihan, who was named Wyoming's new volleyball coach on Tuesday. "Whether they were coming off an undefeated season or a winless season, we're still going to have to gain their trust as a coaching staff.
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As an assistant coach at Georgia, he was part of the Bulldogs' turnaround in just one year. When he took over as head coach at Georgia Southern, he built the Eagles into a perennial Southern Conference contender.
"His experience and success at the Division I level bodes well for the program now and in the future," UW athletics director Tom Burman said in a release.
In 2010, Callihan led Georgia Southern to an overall mark of 27 9 and a berth in the NCAA Tournament; he followed that with a 25 7 overall mark this past season. Nike Cortez Forrest Gump Review
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"That's the challenge, regardless of the record for any program. If you can gain the young ladies' trust and get them to feel comfortable, they're going to give you their all."
ground running the following Monday. He was able to meet a few returning players that were part of the search committee, but is looking forward to meeting the rest of the team.
HE SAID IT: "Whether they were coming off an undefeated season or a winless season, we're still going to have to gain their trust as a coaching staff." Callihan.
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