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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Dec. 9, 2009

Rinehart Named Head Volleyball Coach at Northwest

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Jessica Rinehart, who has spent the last five seasons as the head volleyball coach at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, has been named the head volleyball coach at Northwest Missouri State as announced by Northwest Director of Athletics Dr. Bob Boerigter.

Rinehart has helped transform two programs since 2003. She led Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in program history before arriving in Augsburg in 2005. There, she inherited a program that had finished 12th in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and steadily moved the Auggies up and into fourth place in 2009.

"I am pleased and excited that Coach Rinehart has accepted our invitation to become our next volleyball coach," said Boerigter. "She is a great fit for us. Her roots are in our region, she is a former Division II student-athlete and she has a proven record of building programs.

"I am convinced our student-athletes will have a great experience playing for her and that great things are ahead for Bearcat volleyball under her leadership."

Rinehart is a native of Red Oak, Iowa, and in 2007 was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. She was a three-year starting outside hitter at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich., where she earned her bachelor's degree. She was a graduate assistant coach at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., for two seasons where she earned her master's degree.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to coach in Maryville," said Rinehart. "Northwest is a great school with great athletic programs. The surrounding three-state area is full of talent and I look forward to recruiting back in the area I grew up in. It's my goal to build pride in the program and establish a tradition of excellence for Bearcat volleyball."

Rinehart inherits a Northwest program in search of its first winning season since 2000. The Bearcats finished 15-21 in 2009 including a 6-14 mark and seventh-place finish in MIAA play.

This year's Bearcat team had no seniors and includes two players from Rinehart's hometown of Red Oak in junior libero Paige Spangenberg and sophomore outside hitter Alex Hanna. Spangenberg is the program leader in career digs and Hanna finished second on the squad with 311 kills.

Rinehart will be made available to all media members via phone following Northwest's regularly scheduled media luncheon to take place at noon Tuesday, Dec. 15. Her and her husband, Mark, have a daughter, Kaelyn, who was born Oct. 14.

More on Coach Rinehart...
-Is 111-112 in seven seasons as a head coach

-Led the Auggies to their first MIAC tournament berth since the league went to a six-team tournament format in 2001.

-After a 6-23 finish in 2005, led the Auggies to 11, 13, 17 and 17 wins the next four seasons and recording the program's first back-to-back above-.500 finishes since 1986.

For more information, please contact:

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

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