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King volleyball coach Toomey steps down

December 9th, 2013 2:41 pm by Staff Report

King volleyball coach Toomey steps down

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Chris Toomey has resigned as King University's volleyball coach to accept the position of Next Generation Director at St. John's Church in St. Louis, Mo., the school announced Monday.

Toomey closed his tenure at King on high note, leading the Tornado to an overall record of 32-5 and a 17-1 mark in Conference Carolinas play, which earned them a share of the regular-season title. It was King's most successful campaign as an NCAA school.

Toomey took over the Tornado program in 2007 upon the retirement of his mother, Hall of Fame volleyball coach Susie Toomey. In seven seasons as head coach, Chris Toomey tallied a 187-81 (.697) record, also leading the Tornado to the 2008 Appalachian Athletic Conference championship.

He leaves the program in great shape for his successor.

"The job Chris has done with our women's volleyball program the past seven years is nothing short of remarkable," King athletic director David Hicks said. "He followed in the shoes of a legend; 749 wins, 16 conference championships; just look at the banners in the Student Center to get an idea of the shoes he had to fill. That's tough in sports — following a legend. Just look at the list of coaches who've followed legends like Dean Smith, Woody Hayes and Tom Osborne — it's almost an impossible job to live up to the expectations.  But Chris not only lived up to them, he matched them in his short career."

The search for his replacement will begin immediately.

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