Nov. 3, 2006
Volleyball Head Coach Lori Slight Steps Down
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State Head Volleyball Coach Lori Slight has resigned from her coaching duties, announced today by athletic officials. Slight cites personal reasons for her decision. Her husband Jay has been the Activities Director at Sioux City (Iowa) East High School for the past year. The couple have a four-year-old son, Nick.
"It is all because of family," said Slight. "I miss my husband, Jay and son, Nick. It was a family decision."
Slight has spent the last three seasons at Northwest totaling a 35-54 (.393) career record. This past season, Slight's club went 15-19 equaling the 2004 win total and tying the most since 2000 when the Bearcats were 17-15.
The last two seasons, Northwest has been on the cusp of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Tournament. In 2004, Northwest was 6-10 in league play and lost the tie-breaker with Missouri Southern for the sixth and final entry into the tournament. Going into the final weekend of 2005, Slight's program had a chance to play in the post-season. Northwest did its part by defeating Southwest Baptist and Missouri Southern on the road in the final two MIAA matches, however, Pittsburg State snatched the No. 6 seed.
A graduate of Buena Vista (Iowa) University, Slight took over a Bearcat program that had a combined 15 wins in two seasons prior to her arrival. From her first season in 2003 of five wins to 2004 when Northwest was 15-18, Slight has brought success to Northwest volleyball.
In addition to the increased team success, Slight has mentored several notable student-athletes. In 2004, freshman Lauren Cummings earned MIAA Freshman of the Year honors. Also, Cummings was tabbed as the MIAA Co-Hitter of the Week on Oct. 26, 2005 which marked the first for any Northwest volleyball player since Oct. 31, 2000. Junior outside hitter Sarah Trowbridge came up just short for the school's season best in kills per game. Trowbridge tallied 3.85 per game, just shy of the 3.87 accomplished by Heidi Hoffert in 2002. Sophomore setter Katie Stilwell is one of a few Bearcats who are listed on the school's career charts. Stilwell ended the season sixth with 1,535 career assists.
"This last year did not reflect how strong this program is," said Slight. "At times, we clicked on all cylinders. Hopefully the girls will take those moments into next season. The team has unlimited potential. How they work together and click is something that will take them to the top of this league. Whoever comes in here will have the tools to be successful."
Slight got her college head coaching career started at Des Moines Area Community College. From 1999-2002, Slight posted a 100-69 mark and engineered DMACC to a 2002 berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament. That season, the team went 49-10. Slight also held head coaching posts at Storm Lake (Iowa) High School and Colo-Nesco (Iowa) High School.
Slight will continue her duties at Northwest until Dec. 31. A search for her replacement will begin immediately.
"Lori Slight has given an incredible amount of energy to Northwest and our volleyball program these past three seasons," said Northwest Director of Athletics Dr. Bob Boerigter. "The program has made significant progress under her direction. I fully understand her commitment to her family and we thank her for her efforts. We wish her well for the future."
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