Fort Kent, Maine—The University of Maine at Fort Kent athletics director Bill Ashby has announced the hiring of former player, Jessany Munoz as the new women’s volleyball coach. Munoz has already begun recruiting and scheduling and will officially begin her duties, July 1. She will replace Tom Bird who stepped down to put his focus solely on men’s basketball.
Munoz played two seasons at UMFK after transferring from Shasta Community College in California, after playing two seasons there. She was one of four California athletes to resurrect the volleyball program in 2014 after a two year hiatus. The four of them together laid the foundation for the California connection in volleyball, where all 13 players on the 2015 team hailed from the Golden State. Last year’s team was the first in school history to make a national tournament appearance when the Bengals entered the USCAA National Tournament as the #9 seed and advanced to the Elite 8 round.
Ashby said, “It’s great to have a former player return to us as a coach. Jessany was a major part of getting the volleyball program going again and her knowledge of the game and our recruiting trail of California are only going to help the program grow”.
Coach Munoz was the starting libero for two seasons and was a part of the 2014 team that set a school record for wins in one season, with 23. Her two year record as a player was 35-8. The Bengals return all but three players, including USCAA First Team All American outside hitter, Brianna Krystek and Honorable Mention setter, Selina Castro.