BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Cassie Crumal has been named the new assistant men's and women's volleyball coach at Lees-McRae College, announced Bobcat head coach James Goodridge Wednesday.
"I'm really excited to have someone like Cassie as part of our volleyball program," said Director of Athletics Craig McPhai. "I look forward to all the great things she will do for our athletic department."
Crumal joins the Bobcat family following a tremendous playing career at NCAA Division I institution William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., where she concluded her four-year tenure at the setter position ranked sixth in program history with 1,826 assists. She also finished her career with the Tribe ranked seventh in assists per set (8.19) and 11th in service attempts (741).
"I am very excited to add Cassie to the LMC staff," said Goodridge. "She had a very good playing career and, with her high volleyball IQ, I know that she can translate that into a great coaching career. She will play a big role in our success, and I look forward to the impact that she has for both programs."
A native of Denver, Colo., Crumal graduated from William and Mary in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in elementary education and psychology. Crumal brings three years of coaching experience at the club level, working with the Williamsburg Volleyball Club from 2010-2012.
"I am extremely excited for this opportunity to coach at a collegiate level, especially working with James Goodridge, who has developed a wonderful program at Lees-McRae," expressed Crumal. "Being a college coach has always been a dream of mine, and I'm ready and eager to get in the gym and start practicing."
Crumal excelled both on the court and in the classroom at William and Mary, earning the league's rookie of the week recognition during her freshman season, while also being honored with the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner's Award as both a sophomore and junior with the Tribe.
"Lees-McRae has an outstanding reputation in Division II volleyball, and I hope to continue the program's success," said Crumal. "Banner Elk is gorgeous and reminds me of Colorado. When I toured the town, I instantly knew I would enjoy being here not only as a professional but as a person as well."
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