STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- After a full national search, UW-Stevens Point athletics has announced today (Dec. 19) that Lyndsay Kooi will remain as the head coach of the Pointers' volleyball program.
"I gratefully and humbly accept the opportunity to continue to lead the Pointers' volleyball program, said Kooi. "I want to thank Mr. Brad Duckworth and the search committee for their confidence in me and for this tremendous opportunity. I also want to thank our current athletes for their commitment and efforts this past season and their continued belief in me. I understand the responsibility that comes with being a head coach within this athletic department and at this university. I also accept and look forward to the opportunity and challenge to make our mark in one of the best Division III conferences in the country. We will continue the rich tradition established by previous coaches and players, competing every time we step on the court, striving for excellence in the classroom and leaving our mark in the community."
Kooi led the Pointers to an 18-16 record in 2018 as the interim head coach. She mentored AVCA All-American and All-WIAC first team selection April Gehl (Hilbert, Wis./Hilbert). Under Kooi's tutelage, Gehl led the country in total attacks and was second in the nation with 582 kills, a school record.
In 2017, Kooi was an assistant coach at Millikin University, helping the Big Blue to a CCIW regular season conference championship and a No. 12 ranking at the end of the year. Three Millikin players earned AVCA All-America honors in her one season on staff.
Kooi was an assistant for the Pointers for two seasons and helped UWSP to a 54-16 record. In her two seasons in Stevens Point, she coached seven all-conference Pointers, including WIAC Defensive Player of the Year Bri Piepenbrok in 2016.
Prior to coming to UWSP, Kooi was the varsity girl's assistant coach at Rochelle Township High School where she also served as a physical education teacher, and assistant girls track coach.
Kooi was a four-year starter for the Hawks of Quincy University in Quincy, Ill., from 2009-12. She was a two-time team captain and ran the Hawks offense from the setter position. In 2011, Kooi helped lead the Hawks to a berth in the GLVC Tournament for the first time in eight years
Kooi finished her career ranked fourth all-time on the Hawks assists list, amassing 3,191 assists. She graduated Summa cum Laude from Quincy and was a four-time Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Academic All-Conference honoree and was the recipient of the All-Sports GLVC Sportsmanship Award 2011-2012.
"We are thrilled to have Lyndsay remain as the head coach of our volleyball program," stated UWSP Athletic Director Brad Duckworth. "Our national search provided us with a strong candidate pool and Lyndsay was the clear choice for us. Her experience and success at UWSP was a natural fit."
A native of Minooka, Ill., Kooi went on to earn her bachelor's degree in education with an emphasis in physical education from Quincy in 2013 before her role at Rochelle Township High School. In 2017, Kooi earned her master's degree in health education from Northern Illinois University.