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Missouri Southern names John Napier as head women's volleyball coach

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Press Release MSSU:

MissouriSouthern director of athletics Jared Bruggeman has announced that John Napierwill be the new head volleyball coach at Missouri Southern. Napier willofficially begin his duties at Southern in January. 

Napier comesto Southern after a season as an assistant coach at Division I Boston College,almost a decade at Northern Arizona and six years at his alma mater, TheUniversity of Akron. 

"I'dlike to thank athletic director Jared Bruggeman, assistant athletic directorRachel Burleson, the volleyball players, the entire search committee and allthose who have given me this terrific opportunity," Napier said. "Ifeel all the pieces are in place to win here. The team has been good in thepast and I will work hard to get back on track. I believe we can build aprogram here that will be fun to watch as well as represent the school andcommunity in a positive light. I'm looking forward to being part of the Lion'sstaff and I'm excited to get started."

Napier'sprevious Division-I coaching experience includes six years as the top assistantat the University of Akron in Ohio and almost a decade as the volunteer andfull-time assistant at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Throughouthis time at Akron, he also served for three years as the co-director and coachof the Akron Canton Elite (A.C.E.) Junior Olympic volleyball club where he wasthe head coach of the 17s team. Other head coaching experience includes threeyears as the women's All Air Force indoor and beach coach and one year as themen's indoor and beach coach.

Napierhas been active in the sport of volleyball for nearly 30 years. Some highlightsof his playing career include two years on the Association of VolleyballProfessionals (AVP) beach tour where he still holds the distinction of beingone of two male players from Ohio to place in the top 20 of any AVP beachtournament.

Napieralso had an extensive indoor playing career for the Air Force and All ArmedForces teams. His eight-year playing career for the Air Force team includesseveral appearances on the All-Star team as well as six gold medals at theArmed Forces Championships.

In2002, Napier graduated from The University of Akron with a Master's degree inEducation with an emphasis in sports science/coaching. His bachelor's degree inbusiness organizational communication also is from Akron.

TheAkron, Ohio, native has served 22.5 years in the Air Force and Air ForceReserves and just recently retired in the rank of major. Napier earned a degreein business organizational communication from the University of Akron in 1995and his masters from Akron in 2002.

"I'mexcited to bring John on to lead our volleyball team," Bruggeman said."He quickly rose to the top of a highly competitive applicant pool and Ithink he will be a great addition to our staff. His personality will work wellwith our team and I look forward to seeing him and the team in action."

TheNapier File:
2013: Boston College (Assistant Coach)
2009-2012: U.S. Air Force (Head Coach, Men's and Women's Beach Volleyball)
2008-2012: U.S. Air Force (Head Coach, Men's and Women's Indoor Volleyball)
2009-2012: Northern Arizona University (Volunteer Assistant Coach)
2005-2009: Northern Arizona University (Assistant Coach)
2002-2005: Northern Arizona University (Volunteer Assistant Coach)
1999-2002: The University of Akron (Assistant Coach)
1992-1995: The University of Akron (Assistant Coach)

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