Posted by Matt Sullivan on 1999-06-25Samford 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.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.