Michigan State Volleyball Head Coach Cathy George announced her retirement after leading the Spartans for the past 17 seasons.
George ends her career as the most winning volleyball coach in school history with a record of 302-233 and took the Spartans to the NCAA tournament 10 times. Her coaching career spanned 35 years at four different schools, earning her a career record of 667-457.
“My time in Michigan State has been a wonderful experience,” George said via a press release. “This is our home – the place where we raised our family – both home and our volleyball family. Our success over the years has always been the byproduct of incredible contributions from so many different people. Coaches, support staff, administrators and the local community have all come together for the interests of Spartan volleyball. And above all, our amazing student athletes gave us everything they had while achieving so much on the field, in the classroom and in the community. They represented Michigan State with class, and it was an honor to be their coach.”
Despite her retirement, George will forever remain a Spartan in her heart and believes she left the program in a great place.
“Although my time as head coach is over, I will forever be a Spartan,” George said in the press release. “And I can leave smiling because I know the future is bright for volleyball in the state of Michigan. I believe in the return of the team and I believe in the recruits. Looking to the future, Alan Haller is an athletic director who understand what it takes for Spartan volleyball to be successful at a national level I wish I had the energy to carry on because I know great things are on the horizon under his watch The next coach will be all get the support needed to make Spartan volleyball a national power.”
Michigan State Athletics said it will conduct a national search to find George’s replacement.
“Today is a day to celebrate Cathy George and all she has accomplished in her storied career,” Alan Haller, Michigan vice president and director of athletics, said in a press release. “We are so grateful for everything she has given, not only to Michigan State Athletics, but to the game of volleyball and women’s sports in general. She pioneered as the first woman to coach in the Final Four, and remained a role model for head coaches in the Big Ten and nationally throughout her career. She, along with her husband Jerry and sons TJ and Conner, have been wonderful members of our Spartan family and we all wish her the best of luck in her retirement.”
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