Former Volleyball Standout O’Connor to Lead Pisgah Excessive

CULLOWHEE, NC – Western Carolina volleyball student-athlete alum Katie O’Connor has made the transition from a pacesetter on the court docket to a pacesetter off it after lately being named the top coach of the Pisgah Excessive Faculty varsity workforce in close by Canton, NC Pisgah is the primary teaching function for O’Connor, who returns to the game after working in healthcare administration.

“To be sincere, I did not at all times know I wished to be a coach,” defined O’Connor. “After my enjoying profession, I took a break from volleyball. It was throughout this break that I noticed how a lot I missed the sport and its surroundings. When the chance was delivered to me, it appeared like a straightforward determination to make. I’m excited to offer again to the game that gave a lot to me!”

O’Connor loved a adorned profession for the Catamounts from 2013-17, ending as this system chief with 372 block assists whereas rating second in complete blocks with 434 and blocks per set at 0.96. Her 453 units performed ranks ninth all-time. Moreover, O’Connor earned second-team All-Southern Convention honors as a senior in the course of the 2017 season after main the league in hitting share (.390) and posting 14 double-digit kill matches. She additionally earned NCSIA second-team All-State accolades in the course of the 2016 and 2017 seasons and earned a spot on the 2016 USF Basic All-Match workforce. O’Connor additionally excelled within the classroom, incomes a spot on the SoCon tutorial honor roll in every of her 4 seasons in addition to a spot on 2015 SoCon All-Educational Crew.

“I’m so excited for Katie!” stated Western Carolina volleyball head coach Karen Glover. “I believe it is a nice alternative for her and she or he will probably be an awesome function mannequin and mentor for the younger ladies of Pisgah Excessive Faculty.”

Throughout her standout profession O’Connor performed in 121 matches, beginning 118 of them. She seems to be to make use of the expertise gained throughout her enjoying days to unfold positivity to her gamers.

“As a participant, I perceive how one can deal with adversity throughout video games. Negativity can unfold all through a workforce like most cancers. I at all times did my finest to gas my workforce’s momentum by spreading constructive vibes. As a coach, I’ll proceed to elevate my workforce’s spirit ,” O’Connor stated.

Heading into the 2022 season – which begins in mid-August for the native highschool – O’Connor acknowledged that her objectives are team-oriented, stating, “My important purpose is for the workforce as an entire to enhance and grow to be extra educated within the sport.”

Western Carolina volleyball opens its 2022 season in late August with the whole schedule and broadcast plans to be introduced this summer season.

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