MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (December 29, 2014) – West Virginia University volleyball coach Jill Kramer has resigned to accept a position as Director of Volleyball at TCU, her alma mater, as announced by TCU on Monday.
Kramer recently completed her fifth season with the Mountaineers and led the squad in its transition from the Big East to the Big 12. She guided WVU to a 66-83 mark during her tenure, including its first-ever Big 12 win with a 3-1 triumph over Kansas State on September 27, 2013. Under Kramer’s direction, West Virginia posted its first 20-win season since 1991, going 20-13 in 2013 and finishing 118 spots higher than 2012 with a final RPI of 74.
The Mountaineers set several new marks in 2014, including a program record for Big 12 wins with six after a five-set upset of Kansas State in the season finale. WVU finished the year with an RPI of 70 and, for the first time in program history, had a pair of AVCA All-America Honorable Mentions in Nikki Attea and Jordan Anderson.
“As people like Coach Huggins and Oliver Luck can attest to, having the opportunity to give back to your alma mater is one that goes unmatched,” said Kramer. “The Director of Volleyball position overseeing both Indoor and Sand Volleyball is one I just couldn’t pass up.
“There is absolutely no way I can sum up in a statement how much I have loved my time at WVU. There are a lot of things I will miss about West Virginia, but undoubtedly, I will miss the people here the most. The relationships I have developed with fans, colleagues and the community I will value forever.”
“The love I have for my players, their dedication to this university and to one another is something I will always cherish. These girls will always hold a very big piece of my heart. WVU volleyball is in a very healthy place with great leadership out of the rising senior class, and I have every confidence that they will continue to rise to the occasion as they always have.”
Kramer was a member of TCU’s inaugural volleyball team, competing for the Horned Frogs from 1996-99 and graduating in 2000 with a degree in business administration. She ranks among the all-time leaders in total attacks, digs and aces and is TCU’s all-time kills leader with 1,595.
“I want to thank Jill for her commitment to our program during her time at West Virginia University,” said Interim Director of Athletics Keli Cunningham. “She was a tireless worker who strengthened our volleyball program and fostered an environment to develop our student-athletes on the court, in the classroom and in the community. We wish her and Willem all the best as they begin this new journey at TCU.”
A search for the next head coach of WVU volleyball will begin immediately.
Release via – WVU Sports Information