Feb. 4, 2014
BEAUMONT – After accepting Lamar’s head coaching job at the end of last year, Alan Edwards was looking for an experienced assistant to complete his staff, and on Tuesday, he announced the hiring of Kacie Ehinger.
“I’m really excited to join Lamar and be a part of building this program,” Ehinger said. “I’ve known Alan for a couple years now, and I think he really knows the sport. Texas is a very good area for volleyball, and it’s an exciting challenge to try and build something here.”
Ehinger joins the program from Marist College, where she served as an assistant coach for three seasons. While at Marist, the Adrian, Michigan, native worked specifically with defensive specialists and primary passers. This past season, she played a major role in the development of MAAC Libero of the Year Brooke Zywick and MAAC Player of the Year Mackenzie Stephens as the Red Foxes went on to claim a share of the conference championship.
Ehinger has more than 12 years of experience in collegiate volleyball, beginning with a playing career at Adrian College, where she graduated with a B.A. in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science in 2006. She was a four-time all-conference honoree, earning the league’s defensive player of the year award in 2003.
“I knew the experience level that Kacie had, and I was really excited to get her down here,” Edwards said. “She has a very good analytical understanding of the game and gets what we’re going to try and do here. The conference that she worked in at Marist is a lot like ours here, and she knows what we need to do to be successful.”
“I got a steal in getting her here,” Edwards added. “We’re miles ahead of the game in terms of what she brings to the table, especially when it comes to experience.”
Following her playing career, Ehinger accepted an assistant coaching position Defiance College, where she helped the Lady Jackets to a massive turnaround, improving from 6-27 her first season to conference finalists a year later. She would graduate from Defiance with an M.A. in education in 2009.
After returning to her alma mater for the 2009 season, Ehinger coached for Siena Heights in 2010 before joining the staff at Marist in 2011.