"We are excited about the start of women's volleyball, but more excited about a volleyball program led by Casey Cornett," said CSU Athletics Director Jay Sparks. "She is a student of the game having been mentored by legendary coaches during her coaching and playing career. Casey is a perfect fit for Columbus State University athletics."
"This is a thrilling time for me and my family," said Cornett. "I am not only excited about this opportunity, but humbled as well to be entrusted to lead this team. I would like to thank Jay Sparks, President Mescon and the entire athletics staff for this wonderful opportunity."
"We are all excited for, and at the same time will miss Casey," said Charlotte head coach Chris Redding. "In her three years here, she developed into a strong coach and leader. I have no doubt she will do an excellent job as she leads Columbus State's new volleyball program."
While with the 49ers, Cornett was part of the staff that helped recruit and develop a total of five All-Conference players including an All-Freshman and All-Rookie selection. In 2011, Bianca Rouse was an Atlantic 10 Conference Second-Team honoree after leading the team in kills, digs and points per set. The 49ers made the conference tournament in two of her three seasons on the sideline and ranked in the top half of the country in RPI all three seasons.
Much like the 49ers football program, she Cornett will start to bring in players for practices this season and recruit for their first resumed season of play in the fall of 2013 in the Peach Belt Conference.
She and husband Jehkiah are expecting their first child in August.
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