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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

January 12, 2006

Anna Tool Named Head Volleyball Coach

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University athletic department has announced Anna Tool as the new head volleyball coach. Tool replaces Lori Slight, who departed on Nov. 3 for personal reasons.

Tool comes from NCAA Division III Virginia Wesleyan College where spent the last two seasons. Last season, she coached VWC to a 19-13 record and a 7-3 record in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and a conference tournament semifinal appearance. In 2004, Tool's team was 19-9 overall and 8-3 in the ODAC. Overall as a head coach, Tool is 38-22 and will take over a Bearcat team that finished 15-19 in 2005.

Prior to Virginia Wesleyan, she spent three seasons as an assistant with North Carolina State where she coached from 2001 to 2003. While at North Carolina State, she was the recruiting coordinator, team travel coordinator and game management coordinator.

"We are very excited that Anna has decided to join the Northwest family," Athletic Director Dr. Bob Boerigter said. "She is very qualified for this position. Anna is a former Division II student-athlete, and has coached at all three NCAA levels."

As an athlete, Tool played four seasons (1995-98) of volleyball and basketball with the University of Minnesota-Morris. She owns two volleyball records at Morris in career attack percentage (.285) and is the single-game leader with 73 total attacks.

After her playing days, Tool was a graduate assistant at South Dakota State during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. In 1999, she helped coach the North Central Conference (NCC) Freshman of the Year Angie Rime, and oversaw the team's academics that received the America Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Academic Award with a 3.41 GPA.

In Tool's final season as a graduate coach, she helped South Dakota State to a NCC regular season championship, NCAA Regional Final appearance, a final ranking of No. 4. She also coached the NCC Player of the Year Rose Ebnet and two first team All-America's Rose Ebnet and Shauna Sturm.

"We firmly believe that she will provide the leadership to move this volleyball program forward," Dr. Boerigter said.

Tool resigned as Virginia Wesleyan coach today, and will begin her Northwest coaching duties on Feb. 13.

"I'm truly excited to take over as head coach for Northwest," Tool said. "The program has so much going for it and has all the resources to take the program to the top of the MIAA and nationally."

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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