BRISTOL, Tenn. - King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced on Monday that Head Women's Volleyball Coach Morris Cephas has resigned to accept an assistant coach position at Austin Peay State University.
Cephas recently completed his third season as the Tornado head coach, after replacing Chris Toomey following the 2013 season. He led the Tornado to 54 wins in three seasons, including a pair of Conference Carolinas North Division Championships. The Tornado advanced to the Conference Carolinas "Final Four" in each of his three seasons, finishing as runner-up in 2014.
"Morris faced a tough challenge taking over a program with the strong and successful tradition of our women's volleyball program," said Hicks. "The program never missed a beat, and we had tremendous success under Morris' leadership. He leaves the next coach a strong foundation for continued success."
The new Tornado coach will return a trio of All-Conference Carolinas performers in 2017, including Freshman of the Year Becca Huddleston and first team all-conference player Cathy Scaniffe. Amy Serowski will anchor the defense at libero, returning for her senior year after garnering third team all-conference honors in 2016.
"This was one of the hardest decisions that I've ever had to make," said Cephas. "However, I'm thankful for this King program and I know this program will continue to be successful and carry on the traditions that have been entrenched within it. Every coach dreams of being able to coach at their alma mater and I was blessed to be able to do that and be an alum of King."
Under Cephas' leadership, the women's volleyball program continued a strong tradition of service and spiritual development for student-athletes. In addition to regular community service hours and annual events such as Dig Pink to support breast cancer awareness, the team completed international mission trips in 2014 to Nicaragua and 2016 to Costa Rica.
"Morris' influence on the lives of our student-athletes extends far beyond the volleyball court," said Hicks. "He provides an excellent Christian example and is just as concerned with their personal and spiritual development as he is their development as volleyball players."
On Monday, Hicks also named current assistant coach Caitlin Bullock as the Interim head coach. A national search for Cephas' replacement will begin immediately.