STATESBORO, Ga. – Appalachian State volleyball associate head coach Chad Willis has been named head coach at Georgia Southern, the Mountaineers announced Jan. 16.
Willis spent the last six seasons as associate head coach of the Mountaineers.
"I am humbled and grateful to be the next head volleyball coach at Georgia Southern University," Willis said in a statement. "It is a bittersweet time for my family as we begin this transition. "
Willis was instrumental in a successful transition for Appalachian State into the Sun Belt Conference by helping the Mountaineers earn runner-up finishes in the Sun Belt Tournament and in 2015 and 2018. In the 2015 season, the Mountaineers led the conference in kills per set with 14.66, assists per set with 13.76 and posted the highest team hitting percentage at .272.
Paige Brown, Emily Corrigan, Jess Keller and Ashton Gregory were named as all-conference selections, including Keller being named the Sun Belt Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year.
"I am extremely happy for Chad on being named the new head volleyball coach at Georgia Southern," App State head coach Matt Ginipro said in a statement. "He is more than ready to be a head coach and this opportunity is much deserved. While we've been friends for a long time, it has been great to work with him for the past six years.”
This past season, Willis guided the Mountaineer offense second place rankings in the Sun Belt in assists per set (12.86) and kills per set (13.81), while finishing third in hitting percentage (.217). The Mountaineers saw four players earn All-Sun Belt honors in Emma Longley, Becky Porter, Emma Reilly and Kara Spicer. Longley and Porter were tabbed as first-team selections, with Porter also being named Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year.
"Lastly I'd like to thank my good friend Matt Ginipro," Willis said. "When I arrived, he had a vision for where he wanted this program to go and he trusted and invested in me to be a big part of that vision. I cannot say enough about his mentorship and support but more importantly the friendship he has provided will be something I will always cherish.”