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King hires Cephas as volleyball coach

February 19th, 2014 2:24 pm by Staff Report

King hires Cephas as volleyball coach

BRISTOL, Tenn. — For the first time in decades, someone with a last name other than Toomey will be helming the King University women's volleyball program.

King alumnus Morris Cephas has been chosen to replace Chris Toomey as Tornado coach, the school announced Wednesday.

"I'm really excited about taking over such a historic program," Cephas said. "I'm thrilled for this new journey to begin and continue the tradition of the King women's volleyball program."

Cephas captained the men's team for two years and was named Conference Carolinas Libero of the Year in 2011, his senior campaign. He was also a student assistant coach for the women's program during his final year playing for King, and after graduation, Cephas served as a women's volleyball assistant during the past three years under head coach Chris Toomey.

Cephas has a plethora of coaching experience at many different levels. He led the Sullivan North High School program to a first-place district finish and third-place regional finish in 2011. Cephas also has coached club ball for NETVC as well as both boys and girls junior Olympic-level teams.

Susie Toomey won 16 conference titles and 749 games at the helm, and Chris Toomey followed and guided the Tornado through their transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II in 2010. In seven seasons, Chris Toomey won 155 matches and lead the Tornado to a share of the conference title the past season, going 17-1 in league play and 32-5 overall. He left in December to take the position of Next Generation director at St. John's Church in St. Louis, Mo.

Cephas' first day at King will be March 10.

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