New Varsity Volleyball Coach and Program Director Karen Morgan believes that volleyball teaches life lessons.
“The game of volleyball is the most selfless game you will ever play,” she said. “It takes everyone on the team to make it work. I love the sense of unity this game requires, because not only do you feel it when you are playing, but it carries on with you for the rest of your life.”
Director of Athletics Vince Arduini announced the sports department’s final selection of a new girls’ varsity volleyball coach and program director, March 6. Morgan will assume her duties on July 1, 2014.
Morgan, who began playing volleyball at age six, played on the Rice varsity volleyball team and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science in 2009. She was named Rice Newcomer of the Year in 2005 and earned other team awards including Most Improved and Most Valuable Player. Prior to joining the SJS coaching staff, Morgan also served as the assistant volleyball coach at Episcopal High School and head varsity volleyball coach at Incarnate Word.
Morgan is currently the assistant volleyball coach, physical education instructor and head track and field coach for Milby High School.
“I will be helping out with the track team during the winter and spring seasons,” Morgan said. “Since volleyball is an indoor sport, it will be nice to have a change of pace coaching something outdoors.”
Morgan hopes to bring fun to the team at SJS.
“It’s sometimes hard to remember that sports are a privilege, and that it is just a game,” she said. “Of course, hard work is part of it, but I want to bring a reminder that hard work and practice are solely for the enjoyment of what we are privileged to be doing.”
Arduini will invite her to campus sometime after spring break to introduce her to the members of the program.
“I am really pleased that Karen has decided to join our staff. She will be a wonderful addition to the St. John’s School community,” Arduini said.
Mr. Arduini and the staff are confident that she will bring enthusiasm to the program.
Morgan said, “St. John’s is a wonderful institution, and anyone with any affiliation with the school is very blessed. With that said, I am so honored to be the varsity coach. I’m excited for everyone to see the progress the program will make and look forward to my name being behind St. John’s volleyball.”