UAF volleyball alumni appointed assistant coach

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska The Alaska Nanooks have reloaded their assistant coach situation by tabbing former Nanook Meagan Olsen. Olsen joins the program after their previous assistant Robert Berrett joined Idaho State University earlier this month.

The Alaska Nanooks have reloaded their assistant coach situation by tabbing former Nanook Meagan Olsen.

“It is very exciting to have someone that if from Fairbanks to work with the team,” Head Coach Brian Scott said. “Meagan knows how much volleyball means to the community and will help us strengthen our ties to our alumni and our faithful Fairbanks crowd.”

Olsen is woven into the fabric of the Golden Heart City, being the hometown kid who played at West Valley, then joined the Nanooks in 2012. In her four seasons with the blue and gold, she averaged 221.25 digs a year playing the defensive specialist position. In her last three years, she was named to the GNAC all-academic team.

“I feel very fortunate to have Meagan rejoin our program as an assistant coach,” Scott said on Wednesday. “As an athlete, Meagan exemplified what we wanted out of our student-athletes. She was diligent in her studies, came to practice ready to work hard and was always hungry to learn as much as possible. I expect she will be able to inspire the same qualities in our student-athletes as a coach.”

Olsen will now work alongside her last coach in Brian Scott, who has turned the Alaska program around. Last year the Nooks went 14-13 for their first winning season since 2008. Their first match of the 2019 season is down in the Lower 48 for the Colorado School of Mines Classic starting on September 6.