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Hamric steps down after 29 years as Catawba volleyball coach

End of an era for Catawba volleyball

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Ginger Hamric

Staff report

SALISBURY —Ginger Hamric has resigned her post as head women’s volleyball coach at Catawba College. The school’s director of athletics, Larry Leckonby, made the announcement on Wednesday.

Hamric guided the Catawba program for 29 seasons, posting 536 wins during her tenure, claiming two South Atlantic Conference Championships and three SAC Tournament titles. Catawba made four NCAA II regional appearances and advanced to the regional final in 2008.

In 2001, Catawba became the first SAC school to make a volleyball regional appearance.

“I want to thank Coach Hamric for her dedication and service to Catawba College,” said Leckonby. “Her 29 years of service at one institution is almost unprecedented in college athletics. We wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”

Catawba surpassed 20 wins in 13 seasons under Hamric with three 30-win campaigns. The best season came in 1992 when the Indians went 39-5 and set the school mark for wins in a season.

Hamric was named SAC Coach of the Year four times during her career at Catawba. In 2008, she was inducted into the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame.

Hamric came to Catawba in 1990 after leading Mt. Airy High School to a pair of state championships and three conference titles. She played collegiate volleyball before graduating from Appalachian State in 1985. She was a two-time team captain for the Mountaineers.

Prior to college, Hamric was an outstanding student athlete at Forbush High School.

Hamric earned a master’s degree in science education from Wake Forest and was on the Catawba physical education faculty for most of year career.

She resides in Salisbury and in Yadkin County with her husband, Will.

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