Posted by Matt Sullivan on 1999-06-25

Samford University volleyball coach Vickie Nichols announced Friday the hiring of Mary Olks as assistant volleyball coach.
"She brings added elements of excitement and energy to the program," Nichols said. "She has strong communication skills, plus current knowledge and playing experience. I look forward to seeing the strengths of the team emerge as a result of our coaching styles working together."
Olks, who played four years at Auburn, was recently head coach at Santa Teresa High School in San Jose, Calif., for the past two seasons.
The native of Wauwatosa, Wisc., played as an outside hitter at Auburn from 1986-89 and earned her Bachelor's degree in 1990. She graduated from Wauwatosa East (Wisc.) High School where she lettered in volleyball and basketball.
Olks currently plays for USA Volleyball for the Birmingham Volleyball Association, and has played for the USVBA "A" teams in Newport, R.I., and San Jose, Calif.
About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.