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February 16, 2011

Sabrina King Named Princeton Volleyball Head Coach

Courtesy Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Sabrina King, a member of five Princeton Ivy League championship teams as either a player or assistant coach, has returned to her alma mater in a new role. She has been named the fourth head coach in program history, it was announced Friday by Director of Athletics Gary Walters '67.

"The entire Princeton volleyball community is genuinely excited to welcome back one of our own, Sabrina King '01, who was a terrific player and coach at Princeton," Walters said. "Her knowledge of Princeton, the Ivy League, our players and our alumni suggest that she will be a great fit as our new head coach of women's volleyball.

"She also understands the vital role that 'Education Through Athletics' plays in the holistic development of our student-athletes, because she herself experienced and benefitted from that uniquely Princeton-centered process," Walters added.

King, who has been a member of the Princeton volleyball program for 11 of the last 14 years, led the Tigers to an Ivy League title as a player in 1997, 1999 and 2000, as well as to titles in 2004 and 2007 as an assistant coach.

"I am so excited for this opportunity and I thank Gary Walters and the committee for trusting me with this responsibility," said King, who has worked with a non-profit educational organization during her brief time away from the program. "When I started to think about the possibility of becoming head coach, I couldn't help but get excited. Nothing in my life has been as meaningful or fulfilling as coaching volleyball at Princeton."

King was a standout as both a player and coach under legendary Princeton coach Glenn Nelson, the winningest coach in University history. The 1999 Ivy League Player of the Year, King is well versed in what it takes to succeed both on the court and in the classroom at Princeton.

"I absolutely believe in the 'Education Through Athletics' philosophy, because I have lived it and breathed it," King said. "Being a student-athlete on this team and winning three Ivy League titles was such an important piece of my overall education at Princeton."

After graduating in 2001, King returned to the bench as Nelson's lone assistant coach in 2002 and took over the duties as recruiting coordinator. With Nelson also serving as the head men's coach, King assumed all responsibilities for the women's program in the spring. She helped guide the Tigers to two titles, including a 2007 championship run that featured the first, and so far only, perfect season in Ivy League volleyball since double round-robin play began in 2001.

"I think all of my experiences in seven years as an assistant coach will have me ready to go immediately," King said. "From recruiting to handling the offseason and preparing for matches, I believe I am ready for this challenge, and I can't wait to begin."

In her seven years as an assistant coach, Princeton averaged 18.7 victories per season. In her final three seasons, which included the terrific Class of 2009 that was led by three-time first-team All-Ivy League selections Lindsey Ensign and Parker Henritze, the Tigers went 37-5 within the Ivy League and never finished below second place.