Smedley Accepts Head Volleyball Position at Berry College
Tuesday, July 12, 2005

SHREVEPORT—Centenary assistant coach Brianne Smedley has been named head volleyball coach at Berry College. The NAIA school located in Mount Berry, Ga., announced the hiring of Smedley earlier today in a press release. The former Mississippi State standout becomes the third head coach in as many years for the Lady Vikings since the program returned to varsity status in 2003. 


“What really struck me about Brianne is that she has so much enthusiasm for the job,” said Berry Athletic Director Todd Brooks. “She’s been an assistant for two years and is on the threshhold of starting her career as a head coach, and is very excited about this opportunity. The combination of her playing experience at Mississippi State and coaching experience over the past few years have put her in a position to become an excellent head coach and really continue to build our program.”


The head post at Berry was first filled by Brooks during the program’s inaugural season. Last year, the Lady Vikings accomplished a 22-17 overall mark and an 8-4 record in the Southern States Athletic Conference under first year coach Nicole McCray. McCray resigned in May to take a position as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia.


“I’m so excited that Berry chose me and feels that I’m the right person to lead the program,” said Smedley. “I’ve always wanted to be a head coach. As an assistant, I’ve had all these ideas and concepts in my head that I’ve been wanting to use, so it’s exciting to have the opportunity to be a head coach and finally get to initiate all those ideas.”


Smedley served as the assistant coach for one year at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla., before spending the 2004 season with former MSU teammate and Ladies head coach Jenny Hazelwood at Centenary.


“I am very excited for Bri, and I know that she will be a great head coach,” said Hazelwood. “Berry College is fortunate to have such a wonderful person joining their staff. The Centenary family will miss her, but we look forward to keeping up with her future accomplishments.”


Hazelwood said a search to fill the vacant assistant coach position at Centenary will begin immediately.