MARQUETTE, Mich. – Dominic Yoder, the head volleyball coach at Northern Michigan University, announces the hiring of former Wildcat volleyball player Kim Falkenhagen to the position of assistant volleyball coach. Falkenhagen played for NMU during the 1994 and 1995 seasons. Most recently Falkenhagen was the head volleyball coach at Eastern New Mexico University from 2007-09 as well as at Bemidji State from 2003-06. She brings seven years of head coaching experience to the Wildcats.
“I am very excited to work with an assistant coach with Kim’s experience. Kim will bring a level of experience, understanding of NCAA Division II volleyball and intensity to succeed that will help Wildcat volleyball excel further in the future,” said Yoder. “Kim will immediately hit the ground running recruiting as well as in player development to help our young team athletically as well as academically. I am looking forward to having a dynamic duo of Kim and I on the bench for the 2010 season.”
At Eastern New Mexico, Falkenhagen had nine academic all-conference and one academic all-district selections. While coaching at Eastern New Mexico, Caitlin Murphy set records for digs in a season in 2008 with 661 and in a career with 1,930. Her teams carried a GPA of 3.53. In three seasons she went 16-75.
Her first collegiate head coach experience came at Bemidji State where Falkenhagen led the Beavers for four seasons. During her first season at the helm Falkenhagen led the Beavers to 15 wins, the second most wins for any first-year coach in the program’s history. During her tenure at Bemidji she coached 21 players who earned academic all-conference honors, two made academic all-district and one earned academic all-American status. Eight of her players were named all-conference and her team’s played in the conference tournament every year. Falkenhagen teams at Bemidji carried a team GPA of 3.46. With the Beavers she went 35-94.
Falkenhagen began her collegiate coaching career at West Texas A&M from 2000-02, where she served as the graduate assistant for two seasons before being promoted to the top assistant her final year. During the 2002 season the Lady Buffs were ranked first in the country in NCAA Division II and reached the national tournament quarterfinals. During her stint at West Texas, the team went 100-8.
At Bay City Central High School in Bay City, Mich., Falkenhagen posted a 75-35 record (.681) in her two seasons as head coach (1997-99).
Falkenhagen was a member of NMU teams which reached the national championship match in back-to-back years. The ‘Cats won the national title in 1994 and were runner-up in 1995. For the 1995 tournament she was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team after posting a hitting percentage of .867 against Virginia Wesleyan, which still stands as a tournament record. Falkenhagen was named to the regional all-tournament teams in 1994 and 1995. After the 1995 season, she was named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Great Lakes Region teams. Falkenhagen began her collegiate playing career at Weber State University (1992-93).
Along with her 1995 teammates, Falkenhagen was inducted into the Northern Michigan University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
Falkenhagen earned her bachelor of science degree in political science from NMU in 1997. She went on to earn a master of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies from West Texas A&M.
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