BANNER ELK, N.C. – Lees-McRae College's Vice President of Athletics and Club Sports Craig McPhail announced the hiring of Caitlin Bullock as the school's new Head Women's Volleyball Coach Friday afternoon. Bullock joins the Bobcats after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach for the men's and women's volleyball programs at fellow Conference Carolinas institution, King University.
"We are excited to have Caitlin join us," said McPhail. "Our process all along was to identify someone who was ready to lead our program, with an understanding of what it takes to be successful and a willingness to develop our young women to be the best in and out of the classroom."
While Bullock was at King, she helped coached a total of 10 All-Conference Carolinas players during her tenure. Among her top accomplishments with King was helping coach the Tornado to a berth in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Volleyball Championship.
"I am honored to be named the new Head Women's Volleyball Coach at the Lees McRae College," said Bullock. "I could not be more excited for this opportunity. I look forward to build on the foundation of success and look forward to the talented group of ladies I have returning in the fall! Thank you to Craig McPhail for the wonderful opportunity to lead this program. He has expressed his support and desire to return Lees McRae volleyball to prominence."
Prior to her start as a coach, Bullock was a three-time All-Conference Carolinas performer at Erskine College. During her time as a member of the Flying Fleet, Bullock became the school's all-time leader in kills, was a 2014 AVCA All-American Honorable Mention selection and a six-time Conference Carolinas Player of the Week.
"I intend to help build the program into a top contender in not only the Conference Carolinas but also the region," Bullock said. "Lees-McRae is a special place, with great staff, tremendous school spirit, strong academics and great tradition. These are all the elements for building a successful program and for helping our players develop as student-athletes and as strong women. I look forward to getting started on the Mountain."
Bullock, who is the 13th Head Coach in the history of Lees-McRae women's volleyball, will begin her duties on July 1.
"It's a great time to be at Lees-McRae and I am thrilled to work with Caitlin to improve our team," McPhail said.