December 20, 2013

Claussen named interim head coach

BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Friday, Heather Claussen was named the King University interim head volleyball coach. Claussen was an assistant under previous head coach Chris Toomey this past season as Toomey resigned earlier this month.

Claussen brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge to King as she was a head coach at Polk County High School in North Carolina from 2008 until coming to King in 2013. Following her playing career at Mid American Nazarene University in Kansas, where she was a team captain all four years, she was a coach for Whitehall Volleyball Club U16 team and was an assistant coach at Fruitport High School in Michigan.

"I am thankful for the opportunity to fill in as interim head coach at King," Claussen said. "This is a tough transition for the girls, the program and the new recruits and I hope I can help make it a bit easier. I'm excited to get started with spring season and work with the girls and share in spring devotions with them."

While she was the head coach at Polk County High School, Claussen was named Western Highlands Conference Coach of the Year in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. She also earned Times-News 2011 Coach of the Year honors in 2011. She also guided the team to a state semifinal appearance in 2012. While at Fruitport High School, Claussen helped guide the team to a state runner-up finish in 2003.

Claussen will lead the team into the spring semester while the ongoing search for a replacement continues.