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Armstrong exiting VU volleyball coaching post for role at NCAA D-II St. Mary’s

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Stephanie Armstrong has resigned from her position as Vincennes University volleyball coach to take an assistant coaching position at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX.

Armstrong, who led the Trailblazers to a 33-42 record in two seasons, will join the staff that newly-named St. Mary’s head coach Callaway Mefford is assembling. Mefford was named last month as the ninth head coach in the Rattler program’s history after four successful seasons at NAIA St. Thomas University (FL) where she finished with a 77-39 record and was twice named The Sun Conference Coach of the Year (2012 and 2014). Mefford replaces former Rattler head coach Jenny Warmack-Chipman, who spent the last six seasons leading the program.

For Armstrong, the new position is an opportunity to be part of a NCAA Div. II program constructed from the early stages of the rebuilding process. The Rattlers were 7-21 overall and 4-12 in the highly competitive Heartland Conference in 2015.

Armstrong came to VU prior to the 2014 season after being an assistant volleyball coach, recruiting coordinator and assistant strength and conditioning coordinator at Franklin College for two seasons. In addition to her other duties, she coached the Franklin defense to post its best season performance in 15 years. Four Franklin players earned all-conference honors in 2013.

Prior to joining the Franklin College coaching staff, Armstrong was a player and coaching intern at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She is a Ripon, CA, native who was a four-year member of the Franklin & Marshall Volleyball Team, helping the Diplomats win a Centennial Conference championship and earn a berth in the NCAA Div. III Championship Tournament in 2010.

Armstrong served as an intern for her alma mater’s volleyball program, assisting with recruiting, workouts, administration, fundraising activities and the Diplomat Volleyball summer camp. Finally, she was previously an assistant coach for Team Indiana (head coach for the club’s 17-1 Elite Team) and several other volleyball clubs and camps.

"We wish Stephanie all the best as she joins the St. Mary’s University community and takes on a new challenge in her efforts to advance in the collegiate volleyball coaching ranks,” said VU Athletic Director Harry Meeks. “She has shown a high level of knowledge of the game and she has many attributes that strengthen a program in a variety of ways while she continues to grow as part of a coaching staff."

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