South brings several years of coaching experience to the Golden Eagle staff. He graduated from Manhattan Christian College before becoming an assistant coach. South spent the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach for Creighton’s women’s volleyball team.
Sirola adds experienced assistants to staff
ORU volleyball will have two new voices in the team huddle this season. Head Coach Sheera Sirola added Frank Craig and Kyle South to her 2016 coaching staff. Both were hired last spring and will coach their first full season for the Golden Eagles this fall.
South will be Sirola’s new assistant coach while Craig joins as the new graduate assistant coach. Craig had an All-American career at NAIA Lourdes University, leading the Grey Wolves to the programs first 20-win season in 2015.
“’I’m new to coaching, I’m one year out of college play. I relate a lot to the girls on the team,” said Craig. “I have the mindset of a player, so I am kind of the bridge between player and coach.”
Craig comes with a solid resume as a player. The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference named him All-Conference in all four of his seasons at Lourdes University. He ranked third best in the nation his senior year with 4.07 kills per set. He compiled 77 blocks and 83 digs that same year.
In his two seasons as assistant coach the Bluejays went 52-18 and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Craig emphasized the coaching staff ’s excitement with not only the return of sophomore and two-time All-Summit player Laura Milos, but also the five incoming freshmen.
“I really do think our freshmen that came in are really good; they compete with the older girls,” said Craig. “What ORU students should be really excited about is the upcoming freshmen to step on the court and compete for us.”
The Golden Eagles play their first home match against SEC-opponent Arkansas on Sept. 20. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m