July 10, 2000



Norse volleyball coach calling it a career after this year


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The most successful volleyball coach in Northern Kentucky University history is retiring after the upcoming season.

Mary Biermann, who has led NKU to four Great Lakes Valley Conference championships and three NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, announced Monday that she will retire from coaching after this season. Biermann enters the 2000 campaign with a record of 259-99 in 11 years at NKU.

“I feel that it’s time for me to move on to the next phase in my life,” said Biermann, who will move to Golden, Colo., after the season. “I’ve looked forward to living in the Colorado mountains for many years, and soon that dream will become a reality.”

During the past five years, Biermann has guided NKU to a 149-22 record and four GLVC titles. The Norse advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four last season for the first time in history en route to a 33-2 record. NKU also finished the 1999 season rated No. 2 nationally - the highest national ranking in the program’s 25-year history.

“My years at NKU have been rewarding both personally and professionally. (NKU athletic director) Jane Meier and the entire department have been very supportive of the volleyball program,” Biermann said. “I’m especially grateful to my assistant coach, Carlos Chia, who helped take the NKU volleyball program to the next level.”

NKU enters the 2000 season having won 34 consecutive matches at home. The Norse own 51 consecutive victories against GLVC opponents in Regents Hall, a streak which dates back to the 1995 season.

“I am looking forward to this coming season,” Biermann said. “Our team will contend at a high level and I expect continued success for this volleyball program for many years.”

Prior to taking the NKU job in 1989, Biermann was the head volleyball coach at the College of Mount St. Joseph from 1980-88. Her overall career coaching record at the college level is 471-245 in 20 seasons.