HAMPTON, Va. – Karen Weatherington, who guided the Hampton University volleyball program to back-to-back MEAC championships, has accepted the head coaching position at Charlotte. Janay Yancey will serve as interim head coach while a national search for the next coach is underway.
“We wish to thank Karen for the hard work and dedication she has given the Hampton University program over the past two years,” Director of Athletics Eugene Marshall Jr. said. “She raised the bar for Hampton volleyball, and we wish her well in her future endeavors.”
“My time here at Hampton University has been the greatest of my coaching career,” Weatherington said. “I was blessed to coach some of the greatest players to ever take the court in Holland Hall. We win at Hampton because of the pride and support that comes from the leadership of this institution. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dr. and Mrs. Harvey, Mr. Novelle Dickenson, Eugene Marshall and everyone here at Hampton who have supported us in my time here.”
In two seasons with the Lady Pirates, Weatherington won 40 matches – including a program Div. I record 21 this past season. Hampton won the MEAC Northern Division regular-season and MEAC Tournament championships in both seasons under Weatherington, which were the first conference titles in program Div. I history.
The Lady Pirates made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances under Weatherington, who won her 100th career match as a head coach back on Nov. 14 in a three-set win at Delaware State.
In six combined season as a head coach, Weatherington is 103-78.
The Lady Pirates went 21-11 this past season, going 11-1 in conference play before defeating rival Howard in straight sets in the championship match of the MEAC Tournament. Hampton then faced No. 7 North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
In two seasons under Weatherington, the Lady Pirates boasted rightside Vendula Strakova – a two-time MEAC Player of the Year and AVCA All-America Honorable Mention. Strakova became the first player in program history to be recognized by the AVCA, and she led the nation in kills this past season.
Strakova, who was also named ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and VaSID Player of the Year, finished her Hampton career as the program leader in career kills.
Setter Kitija Megne was a First Team All-MEAC selection this past season, while outside hitter Krista Kraskura was named Second Team All-MEAC for the second straight year.
Outside hitter Sonja Maksimovic was a Third Team All-MEAC selection this past season.
“I will miss my Home By the Sea,” Weatherington said.