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March 3, 2011

Erin Lindsey Hired as Dartmouth Volleyball Coach

Courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications

HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth College today announced that Erin Lindsey, a former North Carolina Tar Heel coach and standout player, has been hired to lead the Big Green women's volleyball program.

"Erin brings both a strong playing and coaching background to the Dartmouth volleyball program," noted Dartmouth Athletics Director Harry Sheehy. "Her passion for teaching the game and her understanding of the unique role of athletics in the education of our students make her a perfect match for Dartmouth. The entire Dartmouth volleyball community is excited to welcome Erin."

A 2000 graduate from the University of North Carolina, Lindsey had worked in the Tar Heel athletics department since January of 2005 when hired as an assistant volleyball coach. In her five seasons on the staff, UNC earned a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season crown twice — earning the league's automatic bid in both 2005 and 2008 — and had eight players earn All-ACC honors, including one that was named the ACC Player of the Year in 2005. Lindsey handled just about every duty in the office and on the court, from practice and game-day preparation to recruiting coordinator to player development to travel coordinator.

The Hawaii native has also served as the director of operations for the Carolina Volleyball Camps, Inc., since her return. In addition, Lindsey managed to fit in time to be the head coach and director for the Triangle Volleyball Club of Setting Academy for two years, serve as a graduate teaching assistant, and most recently work as a compliance intern at North Carolina while working toward her master's degree in Exercise and Sport Science.

As a student-athlete, Lindsey was a four-year starter and two-time captain at setter for the Tar Heels, earning All-ACC honors and AVCA All-Region accolades twice each, plus the 1998 ACC Player of the Year. That year she led the Tar Heels to the ACC regular-season title and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The program's all-time leader in career assists, Lindsey was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team as one of the greatest players in league history. While completing her bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science, she was on the coaching staff as an undergraduate assistant for the 1999 ACC Champions.

"I am genuinely thrilled and honored to accept this position at Dartmouth College," Lindsey commented. "I have been immensely impressed throughout this process with the vision of Athletics Director Harry Sheehy and [Senior Associate AD] Megan Sobel for the volleyball program and Dartmouth athletics in general. The commitment of the college and the athletics staff to excellence both on the court and in the classroom is truly inspiring. I look forward to building on the foundation created by Coach (Ann Marie) Larese and taking Dartmouth volleyball to new heights."

Erin is married to Harold Lindsey, and the couple have a daughter Alexis Ululani (4) and a son Kanoa Daniel (2).

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT ERIN LINDSEY

"Erin is one of the top young coaches in the profession and is well prepared to be a dynamic leader for the Big Green volleyball program. She will have a positive effect on the student-athletes and their competitive experience at Dartmouth both on and off the court. Not only does Erin bring a wealth of volleyball knowledge from her coaching history where she knows how to win championships, but also as a high level competitor. These experiences have her ready for Dartmouth to compete at the highest level and will bring some new vision to the program. I have no doubt she will be able to get the program competing for Ivy League championships very soon." — UNC Tar Heels head coach Joe Segula

"Erin Lindsey is a great mind in our sport and she will relate to all of the needs of today's student-athlete. Her passion for volleyball is contagious and she is a wonderful teacher of the game. She will bring a wealth of knowledge and a high level of competitiveness to Dartmouth volleyball and the Ivy League as a whole." — University of Georgia head coach Lizzy Stemke

"I have never worked with someone who simply understands the whole experience of working with young people better than Erin. What Dartmouth gets is a phenomenal teacher of the game and a terrific communicator who will impact the program for many years to come. She is also a great recruiter who can get the kind of student-athletes that Dartmouth demands — those who can excel on the volleyball court and in the classroom." — Chattanooga head coach and former UNC assistant coach Travis Filar