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East Lansing – Cathy George, the winningest coach in Michigan State volleyball history, announced her retirement on Friday.

George’s career spanned 35 years, including the last 17 at Michigan State, as she compiled a 667-457 record overall and a 302-233 mark with the Spartans. She also coached at North Dakota State, Texas-Arlington and Western Michigan before coming to Michigan State.

In 1989, she led Texas-Arlington to a Final Four appearance, becoming the first female head coach to do so at the Division I level. In her career, George took teams to the NCAA Tournament 15 times, including 10 trips at Michigan State.

“The decision to retire after 35 seasons as head coach including the last 17 at Michigan State is an incredibly emotional one,” George said. “Coaching is an extremely rewarding profession, watching student-athletes develop and excel beyond their own expectations is amazing. But coaching is a demanding profession which requires an incredible amount of energy and focus. As I went through some self-evaluation this offseason, I realized I had to do what was best for my family and for the program.

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