National Champion Kate Price Joins Ladies Volleyball Staff
Wednesday, May 21, 2008

SHREVEPORT—Centenary volleyball coach Dan Gwitt officially announced today that Kate Price has accepted the position of assistant volleyball coach for the Ladies program. Price, who won the NCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship this season with her teammates at Penn State, will begin her role at Centenary immediately.


“I can’t begin to express how excited I am about Katie joining our staff,” said Gwitt. “Along with everything that has transpired in the last few months in regards to recruiting and scheduling, I believe this addition will take us to the next level.”


Gwitt went on to say, “With Katie, we not only gain an alumnus from one of the top volleyball programs in the country (Penn State), but we are getting someone who is passionate about the sport and has the resume and hardware to back it up.”


Price played for the Nittany Lions from 2004 through 2007. She was named AVCA Honorable Mention All-Mideast Region, Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Stanford Invitational Most Valuable Player, Penn State Invitational All-Tournament Team, and Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Her teams won the Big Ten championship all four years she was at Penn State and her 2007 squad defeated Stanford to win the National Championship this past December.



“Katie is someone fresh off a story book career that ended with a national title. She is going to bring that to the gym and these girls will see first hand what it takes to train and compete with the best of the best,” said Gwitt.


“I’m excited about the opportunity and challenge that lies ahead,” said Price of her new appointment. “Coach Gwitt has been a personal friend of mine and we have trained and played under several of the same people throughout our collegiate years. I know together we will bring a high volleyball IQ and a top-notch training regiment to Centenary and The Summit League.”



Gwitt and Price have high expectations for moving Centenary volleyball into the upper echelon of the conference. They will start with a team that will be comprised of one senior and 12 freshmen when practices begin in August.


“We are going to be a very young team and play a schedule that is uncharacteristic of Centenary teams in the past,” said Gwitt. “Our goal is to get better and play high level volleyball that will prepare us to compete for a Summit League championship. Together, I believe both Katie and I will be able to work with these young players and develop them into solid collegiate athletes, and more importantly, fine young adults.”