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Women's coach of the year

By Mackenzie Hautala
On February 21, 2012

Lily Hallock has been named the head coach of the UW-La Crosse Women's Volleyball team. Hallock follows in the footsteps of 18 year veteran coach, Sheila Perkins. Perkins has retired with the most wins in UW-L history with a total of 392. Hallock states, "I was drawn to UW-L by the winning reputation of the Athletic department, and I look forward to being a part of that."

Not only was Hallock drawn to UW-L through its reputation, but she adds, "It was also the quality of the Exercise Science (ESS) program." In addition to being the volleyball head coach, Hallock will be an instructor in the ESS department. Hallock also states, "While visiting La Crosse for my interview, I was drawn in by everything I saw and heard, from the enthusiasm of the team, to the beautiful campus." Hallock has previously served as a graduate assistant and interim volleyball coach, and taught in the exercise and sports studies department at Smith College in Massachusetts.

Hallock is excited for the head coach position, stating, "I'm most excited about getting to know the student athletes on the team and learning how I can help them reach their goals." She envisions the volleyball program going in a position direction. "I want to give every athlete on the team the opportunity to reach her own potential on the court and in the classroom," she said. "If both the athletes and I wholeheartedly dedicate ourselves to the team goals, I believe we can accomplish a lot," Hallock explains.

In addition to working with the students, Hallock is eager to work with UW-L staff. "I look forward to collaborating with other coaches in the department and learning from the success they have enjoyed," she states. Josh Whitman, the UW-L athletic director expresses, "She will provide exceptional leadership, vision, and energy to the Eagles volleyball program."

Hallock envisions the support the team will receive as they forge ahead. She states, "The Maroon Platoon is an exciting new student fan club, and all students that enjoy being round athletics should join and enjoy the benefits that come along with being a member." She adds, "I look forward to the support we will receive from both administration and the student body as the stands fill up for matches!"

UW-L opens its 2012 season at the St. Mary's University Tournament in Minnesota on Friday, August 31.


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