August 6, 2012

Kurgonaite Named Volleyball Assistant Coach

Inga Kurgonaite
Inga Kurgonaite

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Inga Kurgonaite has been named assistant coach of the Northern Michigan University volleyball team, Coach Dominic Yoder announced Monday (Aug. 6).

Kurgonaite spent 2011 as an assistant coach at Kent (Ohio) State University. She was a graduate assistant coach at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pa.) for three seasons (2008-10). The native of Lithuania helped with coaching, recruiting and opponent scouting as part of the BU coaching staff.

“I’m truly excited to add Inga to my staff,” Yoder said. “She has great experience when it comes to nation and international recruiting. She was very successful as a student-athlete and we’re looking for her to bring her Division I experience to Northern Michigan for us to be more successful on the defensive side.”

Kurgonaite was a right-side hitter at Lock Haven (Pa.) University from 2004-07. As a third team All-American in 2006, she led the Lady Eagles to three straight NCAA Elite Eight appearances (2004-06), three NCAA Atlantic Region championships (2004-06) and a pair of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) titles (2004, 2006). A four-time All-Atlantic Region selection, she ended her career third in kills(1,459) and hitting percentage (.303) and fourth in blocks (426).

“I’m very excited to be a part of this program and I want to thank Coach Yoder, Bridget Berube and Steve Reed for giving me this opportunity,” Kurgonaite said. “I can’t wait for practice to start.”

Kurgonaite was a 2007 NCAA Leadership Conference participant and was the co-president of the Lock Haven Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as a senior in 2007-08.  She received a bachelor’s degree in recreation and event management there and a master’s degree in education with a concentration on college student personnel at Bucknell.

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