Kalie Mader has already proven she can quickly turn a volleyball program around. Now she inherits a program that will look to defend back-to-back NJCAA national championships after being named Blinn College’s new volleyball coach today.
Mader comes to Blinn from Pratt (Kan.) Community College, where she took a program that went 7-23 prior to her arrival and led it to a 22-11 mark and the regional tournament last season. She has also served as an assistant coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a graduate assistant at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn.
At Pratt, Mader was a two-time Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) Academic All-American and a KJCCC second-team all-conference selection as a player. She then transferred to SWOSU, where she tallied 362 kills, 117 digs, 81 blocks and 79 assists. Following her senior season, Mader was named to the Great American Conference all-academic team.
A native of Nickerson, Kan., she holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in sports management.
Mader inherits a program that has captured four NJCAA national championships, including three in the past four years. Since 1996, Blinn has won 10 Region XIV Conference championships and earned 10 berths to the NJCAA National Championships. In total, the program has produced 16 consecutive winning seasons, 12 consecutive seasons with seven losses or fewer, 21 All-Americans and 61 players who have continued their playing careers at four-year colleges and universities. An additional five Buccaneers from last season’s national championship team have signed to play for four-year universities this fall.