Nebraska volleyball assistant coach Kayla Banwarth has been hired as the head volleyball coach at Ole Miss. She is the third coach under John Cook to get a head coaching job in Division I.
Dani Busboom Kelly is a head coach at Louisville, while Chris Tamas is the head coach at fellow Big Ten school Illinois. Louisville knocked off #2 national seed Texas in this year’s NCAA volleyball tournament before losing to Minnesota. Illinois lost in the first round to Utah.
Ole Miss has this bit about Banwarth on their web site announcing the hire:
Throughout our search process, it became clear that Coach Banwarth is one of the top up-and-coming leaders in volleyball,” Carter said. “Immediately we recognized her rare mix of youthful energy and top-level experience. She brings a championship mentality, recruiting prowess and brilliant knowledge of the game. From walking on at Nebraska to starring for Team USA, Kayla’s drive and determination is remarkable, and we look forward to seeing that passion in our program for years to come. I want to thank deputy AD Lynnette Johnson as well as Chad Chatlos with Ventura Partners for helping us identify Kayla and bring her home to Ole Miss.”
Banwarth had been an assistant at Nebraska since January 2017.
Again from the Ole Miss and Nebraska web sites (everybody re-writes the same material):
Banwarth walked on at Nebraska in 2007, earning the starting libero job midway through her freshman year and maintaining it through her final season in 2010. As a player, she led the Huskers to the NCAA semifinals in 2008 and helped claim three Big 12 Titles. Banwarth left Lincoln as the program’s all-time leader in digs with 1,706, a record she held until 2016. She earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention plaudits in both her junior and senior seasons.
We here at CornNation wish Ms. Banwarth the best in her new endeavor!