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USU volleyball: USU athletics announces new contract for head volleyball coach Grayson DuBose

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Feb. 15 2013 3:06 p.m. MST

Utah State University Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Friday that head volleyball coach Grayson DuBose has signed a new contract that will keep him at USU through June of 2017.

“The momentum in our women’s volleyball program has continued to build under Grayson’s leadership,” Barnes said. “We are delighted to know that he will be here to guide our program as we transition into the Mountain West Conference next year and beyond.”

In his seven seasons at Utah State, DuBose is the second-winningest volleyball coach in school history with a 113-98 (.536) record, including a 63-49 (.563) Western Athletic Conference mark.

“I am grateful to Scott Barnes and Executive Associate Athletics Director/Senior Women’s Administrator Jana Doggett for allowing me the opportunity to continue to be the volleyball coach at Utah State,” DuBose said. “I enjoy the chance to coach wonderful student-athletes. I also want to say thanks to Jeremiah Larsen and Taubi Neves, they are wonderful assistant coaches and mentors for our team and I feel fortunate to get the chance to work with them each day.”

Under DuBose, Utah State has won 20-plus matches twice, including 24 wins in 2010 to rank seventh all-time in school history and 21 wins this past season for USU’s 11th 20-win season in school history.

“We are delighted that Grayson will continue to be our head women’s volleyball coach for the foreseeable future,” Doggett said. “Grayson brings great enthusiasm and passion to his position and that energy is felt not only by his players and staff, but by others in the department as well.”

During his tenure, DuBose led Utah State to its first-ever Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010, and its first-ever regular season WAC title in 2012 as it finished with a school-record 15 conference wins.

DuBose, who was named the WAC’s Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2012, was also one of five finalists for the Collegiate Volleyball Update National Coach of the Year in 2010.

Utah State has had two All-Americans under DuBose in Amanda Nielson (2007) and Liz McArthur (2010) as both earned honorable mention All-America honors. DuBose has also coached three players to all-region honors in Nielson, McArthur and Shay Sorensen, as well as the WAC’s Freshman of the Year twice in Chelsea Fowles (2007) and Elle Brainard (2012). In all, USU has had 14 players garner all-WAC accolades a total of 20 times under DuBose.

Along with all of its accomplishments on the court, Utah State has been just as successful in the classroom under DuBose as 27 student-athletes have earned academic all-conference honors a total of 55 times, while four players have earned academic all-district honors a total of seven times.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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