Today (April 1) Arkansas-Monticello’s Director of Athletics Hud Jackson announced the hiring of Katrina English as the sixth head volleyball coach in program history. English will lead Monticello’s program after spending this past season as the Head Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Coach at Kentucky State University.
“We are extremely excited about Katrina leading our Blossom Volleyball Program.” said Jackson. “She has valuable experience in the sport that will push our program to new levels. She will bring high energy and passion that her players will thrive from. She is a strong believer in developing the total student-athlete. Her teams will be productive community members. It is very important to her to bring more attention to volleyball in our region. She already has dates set for her clinics for the youth of our region (CLINIC FLYER). Please help us to welcome Katrina to our beautiful community of Monticello and to Southeast Arkansas!”
English returned to at Kentucky State University in Spring 2021 as the Head Men and Women’s Head Volleyball Coach. She led the Men’s Program through their Spring 2021 Covid-19 season and in the Fall 2021 season the Women’s Team finished tied for second in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 15-3 record. In her initial year in 2017, she won the 2017 SIAC Women’s Volleyball Tournament Conference and earned the Tournament Coach of the Year honor. The team honors consisted of players receiving the Tournament MVP Player, Tournament Setter of the Year, three All-Conference honors, and four All-Conference Academic players. The Women’s team secured a spot in the 2017 NCAA Division II Regional playoffs. English was named Kentucky State University’s 2017-2018 Coach of the Year.
“I am enthusiastic and focused about the opportunity to build with the UAM Family and Community.” said English. “I am looking forward to fortifying a foundation of winning and all that entails. I would like to thank the many individuals that were patient and supported me in this decision; and much appreciation to the UAM Athletic Family for such champion civility in this journey.”
Before her initial arrival at Kentucky State University, was the Head Coach at NJCAA Division I Temple College from the 2013-2017 seasons. During that time, her teams advanced to the NJCAA Region V Conference Tournament annually and honored in 2013 and 2014 as the NJCAA Region V Conference Runner-up.
In 2021 she also held the responsibility of being the inaugural Head Coach of the Men’s Volleyball Team at Kentucky State University.
English had stints at St. Gregory’s University and Long Island University.
She is a native Texan and completed her collegiate career at Houston Baptist University in the early 2000s, as she was named All-Region Team in 2002 and All-Conference Team in both 2002 and 2003. In 2005, she graduated from HBU with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English. She also has a master’s degree in Health and Human Performance for The University of the Southwest.
“We are thrilled to welcome Coach English as our next coach of UAM volleyball.” said UAM Chancellor, Dr. Peggy Doss. “From our first meeting, I was confident that she would bring quality and experience as a very capable coach and recruiter. Coach English is the right person to lead our volleyball team to the next level. She will be a great role model for our players, both on and off the court and will show them how to not only be successful student-athletes but also successful people in life. We welcome her to Weevil Nation!”
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