By Brian Hess and Nina Zimmerman
After a long search dating back to last semester, the Kenyon volleyball program has a new leader. Athletic Director Peter Smith announced on Monday, Feb. 24 the hiring of Amanda Krampf as the new head volleyball coach.
“Amanda Krampf covered the areas that we were looking for exceptionally well in the interview process,” Smith said in an email. “She knows and embraces the concept that student athletes are devoted to the academic mission of the College.”
Krampf comes to Kenyon after serving as an assistant coach at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. In her four years on their staff, the McDaniel Green Terror improved steadily, from a no-win 0-25 season in 2011 to a 19-9 record during the 2013 season. During her own playing days, Krampf was a four-year starter at Gettysburg College, where she was a four-time All-Centennial Conference selection and was a team captain for two years.
“[In] between the business of coaching, recruiting and developing the team, [Krampf] has a good sense of perspective and she knows that the women, in with all the hard work, should have fun somewhere in the process,” Smith wrote.
Krampf’s strengths on the court can serve both current Ladies and also the future classes of athletes she will bring in, according to Smith.
“Coach Krampf brings her ability to help a program with success in technical areas on the court and with proven recruiting skills to build on the talented pool of women she is inheriting,” he wrote.