PLYMOUTH, N.H. – After serving as an assistant coach the past two seasons, Mariann Hunter has been named the new head women’s volleyball coach at Plymouth State College, according to athletic director Steve Bamford.
Hunter takes over from John Garneau, who has retired effective at the end of the school year. Hunter has been Garneau’s assistant since PSC started its women’s volleyball program prior to the 1996 season, as well as serving as head coach of the PSC men’s club volleyball team in 1997.
“I hope to build on the solid foundation that was laid by Coach Garneau,” said Hunter, who has been at PSC for eight years and is currently PSC’s Director of Alumni Relations. “He was the perfect person to start the program, and it was a privilege to work with him.”
A 1990 graduate of North Central College in Naperville, IL, where she played four years of both volleyball and softball, Hunter received her Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from PSC in 1993. She served as lecturer in PSC’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department from 1992-95, and was an assistant softball coach for the Panthers from 1991-92.
“We want to continue to increase our competitiveness and the strength of our schedule,” said Hunter. “We have started the program with back-to-back successful seasons, and we hope that will continue. We compete in the Little East Conference, and have our work cut for us against New England powerhouses like Eastern and Western Connecticut.”
Bamford is very pleased to have Hunter in place, maintaining a continuity in the volleyball program.
“Mariann has experience both as a college player and as a college coach the past two seasons,” said Bamford. “She has already developed an outstanding relationship with the returning student-athletes, and she has the personality and communication skills to be very effective in the recruiting process.”
While Coach Garneau remains on the staff until the end of the school year, Hunter has already begun preparing for the 1998 campaign.