All-American Katie Fuller Hired as Director of Operations|
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April 22, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- USC women's volleyball All-American opposite hitter Katie Fuller has returned to the program and will serve as its Director of Operations head coach Mick Haley announced on Friday, April 22. The former team captain has worked in an administrative role under USC's Senior Woman Administrator Donna Heinel for the past two years and added responsibilities as an academic advising assistant in USC's Student-Athlete Academic Services (SAAS) department over the past year.
"It is such a thrill to have another former athlete back in the program," said Haley. "Katie had a distinguished career here and is a very recognizable face among the USC Athletics staff. Having her back with us is a testament that the Trojan Family is indeed alive and well. We are fortunate to have someone of her caliber on our staff."
Fuller graduated from USC in 2013 with a degree in communication from the Annenberg School. She will earn her master's of education in post-secondary administration and student affairs this May.
"The chance to rejoin the program for which I played is such a unique and exciting opportunity for me," said Fuller. "Having played for coach Haley, and with the relationships that I've built throughout the USC Athletic Department and around campus, I'll be able to support the program in an enhanced capacity. I'm particularly grateful for the opportunity to empower and work with female student-athletes who thrive both in athletics and academics. Mick has been such a positive influence both in my athletic and professional careers. Playing for him gave me a competitive edge both physically and mentally, and helped me build character, integrity, and high expectations."
Fuller was a third-team AVCA All-America selection and a Senior CLASS Award candidate as a senior in 2012. She completed her final season ranked second on the team in kills (384) and kills per set (3.28), and third in total blocks (63). She moved into the program's top 10 for career points and finished with 1,115.5 in her four years at Troy. Fuller was named to the AVCA All-Pacific Region Team and was also honored as a two-time Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention. She helped her squads to back-to-back NCAA final four appearances and three straight NCAA regional finals.
Last season, the Women of Troy claimed a share of the Pac-12 title with an 18-2 mark in league matches and received the No. 1 overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. Haley was named the Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year for the first time in his career and added the award to his Pac-12 and AVCA Pacific South Region Coach of the Year selections. He led the Trojans to a 33-3 overall record with a fifth appearance in the NCAA Regional Championship match in six years.
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