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Clayberg Announced as Volleyball Coach

Kent Clayberg is the fifth full-time volleyball coach in program history.
Kent Clayberg is the fifth full-time volleyball coach in program history.

WINCHESTER, Va. – Shenandoah University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Bridget Lyons, Ph.D, announced Friday that Kent Clayberg has been hired as the university's new head volleyball coach.

Clayberg comes to Shenandoah with an impressive resume, having won 290 matches as the head coach at Central (Iowa) from 2003 through 2017. In his tenure as head coach, the Dutch won five Iowa Conference titles while making four NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.

He was the Iowa Conference Coach of the Year in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Prior to his head coaching experience, the 1990 Central graduate was an assistant coach at his alma mater from 1998 through 2002. In that time, Central won three Division III national championships, five Iowa Conference titles and an appeared in the NCAA Tournament four additional times.

"The committee was extremely impressed with Kent's resume, and even more impressed with him when he visited campus for his interview," Dr. Lyons stated.

"He displayed a deep knowledge of our program and personnel and had a clear vision of not only where he wanted to take our program, but how to get there.

"We look forward to working with Kent to building our volleyball program into a contender for ODAC titles and to be a presence on the national stage."

Off the court, his squads were honored a national-record 17 consecutive years with the AVCA Team Academic Award and 112 players earned conference All-Academic accolades.

Following his departure from Central, Clayberg served as an assistant at DI Charleston Southern University before going into private business. 

"I am very excited to return to Division III athletics and to make Shenandoah University and the northern Shenandoah Valley my new home," Clayberg said.

"I have grown to appreciate Division III even more since leaving Central, and I believe that we have the potential to build something special at Shenandoah. We have all of the infrastructure in place to be very successful."

Clayberg starts his full-time duties immediately.

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