ETSU volleyball coach takes job at Belmont

from staff reports

   JOHNSON CITY -- Deane Webb, head coach of the East Tennessee State University volleyball team the last two seasons, resigned his position on Wednesday to accept the head coaching job at Belmont University.
   "I would like to say thank you to the ETSU athletic department for the opportunity they have given me," Webb said. "It has opened many doors for me, and for that I am thankful.
   "I also want to says thanks to the staff for all of their hard work in recruiting and help training the team, and I definitely want to thank the ETSU players for their hard work, time and dedication to the program."
   Webb compiled a 28-29 record, including a 20-6 mark in 2001, during his two seasons at ETSU.
   In his inaugural season with the Bucs, Webb's team won 13 of their first 14 matches and finished in second place in the Southern Conference -- their best league finish since 1987 -- and broke the school record for conference wins (15) in the process.
   In 2001, Webb coached the SoCon's Player of the Year, setter Carey Cavanaugh, and saw outside hitter Nicole Ryan garner the league's Freshman of the Year award in 2002.
   "Although I have only been in this position for a limited time, I have known Deane as a coaching colleague for two years now," said Dave Mullins, ETSU's interim director of athletics. "He has done a fine job in re-establishing a winning tradition in volleyball at ETSU. However, he feels his new position will be a better fit for him professionally and personally, and I wish Deane the best in his new coaching opportunity."