College of Southern Nevada Hires Inaugural Head Volleyball Coach
December 5, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Dec. 5, 2014 – College of Southern Nevada Athletics Director Dexter Irvin has named Sue Thurman as the inaugural head coach of the CSN Women's Volleyball team today.
"Her volleyball success in Las Vegas at the high school and club level will provide her with a great base to recruit our first volleyball team," Irvin said.
Thurman is currently serving as the head coach of the Las Vegas High School boys' and girls' volleyball program, where the Wildcats won Nevada State Championships in 2005 and 2008. They also won three Sunrise Regional Titles, 10 Northeast Conference Titles, and appeared in the Nevada State Tournament six out of her past 11 years at the helm. Thurman was voted Northeast Conference Coach of the Year for nine seasons.
"I was thrilled a few months ago when CSN announced it would be adding women's volleyball. The addition of a collegiate volleyball program is a tremendous step for the growth of volleyball in our community," Thurman said. "When the program was announced, I was finishing my 16th girls' season at Las Vegas High School – a place I consider home. I did not imagine I would be part of this adventure, but after much consideration and encouragement from my family, friends, and administration, I knew this challenge and opportunity was one I needed to accept. It is going to be exciting to start this program, to create traditions, and set the stage for future Coyotes."
She will join CSN's Athletics Program, which currently boasts the nationally competitive NJCAA men's baseball and women's softball programs, as a part-time employee and begin recruitment and team development activities immediately. The CSN Women's Volleyball team is expected to begin competing in the fall 2015 semester and will bolster CSN's efforts to encourage more women to compete in intercollegiate athletics.
Thurman graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a bachelor's in education, and attained a master's degree in Education Administration from the University of Phoenix. While attending St. Bonaventure, Thurman, a 19-year Las Vegas resident, was a two-time Atlantic 10 all-conference recipient and the 1990 Mikasa Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year. She currently holds the individual records in Career Digs (958) and Season Kills (512).
"As a professional educator Sue understands respects and values education," Irvin said. "Expanding our sports offerings at CSN and starting with volleyball, provides a great opportunity for young women in Las Vegas. Volleyball is highly competitive in Las Vegas and nationally in our Scenic West Athletic Conference, I fully expect Coach Thurman will build a successful program with young women from the valley and the State."
About the College of Southern Nevada Athletics:
The College of Southern Nevada Coyotes have competed in intercollegiate athletics NJCAA Division I since 1999. CSN owns one national championship in men's baseball (2003-NJCAA Division I), two Western District Championships (2003, 2010-NJCAA Division I), three Region XVIII Championships (2003, 2008, 2010-NJCAA Division I), and seven SWAC Championships (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013-Division I).
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