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Nebraska Volleyball Names Kayla Banwarth New Assistant Coach

Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

It's official! Kayla Banwarth is your new assistant coach for Husker Volleyball. Banwarth replaces Dani Busboom-Kelly who was officially announced as Louisville's women's volleyball coach in November.

Banwarth's only previous coaching experience is her work as a volunteer assistant coach for the Pepperdine men's volleyball team in 2015 and 2016. She played volleyball at Nebraska from 2007-2010, has been the libero for the U.S. women's volleyball team since 2011 and earned a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

From the mothership:

"Whenever I have a chance to hire a former player to coach at Nebraska volleyball, it’s something I strongly consider because they understand what this program is about," Cook said. "Kayla’s strengths are her journey to Nebraska as a walk-on, having a great career at Nebraska and going on to beat out all the other liberos in the United States to become one of the top liberos in the world. I know Kayla has limited coaching experience at the collegiate level, but her strengths will allow her to develop quickly and take over Dani’s role in recruiting and coaching our liberos and passers."

"I really like the fact that while Kayla was training with the U.S. National Team, she found the time to volunteer coach for the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team," Cook said. "So not only did she play at Nebraska and for Team USA, she gained experience under Karch Kiraly and Marv Dunphy, two of the best coaches in the United States."

"I am extremely honored to rejoin the Nebraska volleyball program as a coach," Banwarth said. "I want to thank Coach Cook and the rest of the staff for this opportunity. I look forward to learning and growing both as a coach and a person. It’s great to be back in Lincoln."

The 2017 Husker volleyball schedule will be announced at a later date. GO BIG RED!!!