Volleyball Adds Smedley to Coaching Staff
Friday, June 4, 2004

Shreveport—Centenary Ladies volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood has announced the hiring of assistant coach Brianne Smedley. Smedley replaces Krissi McFarland who left the program to pursue other career opportunities after serving as an assistant for three years.

Smedley comes to Centenary after a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Saint Leo University. Prior to that, she taught volleyball courses at both UNC-Greensboro and Mississippi State in addition to working camps at North Alabama and MSU.

“I am excited about the opportunity to help the Centenary volleyball program reach its potential,” said Smedley. “I know Coach Hazelwood very well and I look forward to working with her and the team in our pursuit of a Mid-Continent Conference championship.”

Smedley graduated with both a bachelor of science degree in 2001 and a masters of science in 2002 from Mississippi State. She was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs and earned second team All-SEC accolades in 2000. She was the team MVP in 1999 and 2000 and was named to the SEC Volleyball Academic Honor Roll four times in her career.

“We are very excited to have someone with Brianne’s qualifications and experience on our staff,” said Hazelwood. “Her knowledge of the game and ability to motivate players will help take our team to the next level.”

Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is a Division I member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Conference. With an enrollment of 860 undergraduates, Centenary is the smallest Division I school in the nation and is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River, having been founded in 1825.