West Virginia University volleyball coach Jill Kramer has announced the addition of Sara Kidd as assistant coach on the Mountaineer volleyball staff.
"We are excited for Sara to join the Mountaineer family," Kramer says. "She played in the Big 12, so she is familiar with the conference and has coached at two of the premier clubs in Texas at Austin Juniors and Texas Advantage Volleyball (TAV). Sara will also be able to draw from her experience at USC where she helped the team to a Final Four appearance."
Kidd joins the Mountaineers from Coast Volleyball Club in San Diego, Calif., where she has been coaching the last two years.
Before joining the Coast staff, Kidd was the director of operations for the USC women's volleyball program from 2008-10. In her time with the Trojans, the team posted a 68-17 record, qualified for the NCAA championships all three years and made it to the Final Four in 2010. Her duties included overseeing the program's budget, organizing team travel, arranging recruiting visits, organizing Mick Haley's annual volleyball camps and assisting in the day to day operations of the program.
Prior to USC, Kidd worked as a consultant for the Austin (Texas) Sports Center. As an events director and programs coordinator, she planned and organized tournaments throughout the state.
While in Austin, Kidd coached at the Austin Juniors Volleyball Club alongside current WVU assistant Ted Wade. She also served as an assistant coach for the Austin Juniors Europe Global Challenge team, in addition to Texas Advantage Volleyball. Kidd led four different teams to the USAV Junior Olympics with three of those teams qualifying in the open division and her 17-1's Austin Juniors team capturing gold in 2008.
"I want to thank Jill for the opportunity to be a part of the WVU volleyball program," says Kidd. "I am really excited to join the staff and have known Jill and Ted each for about 10 years. When I came on campus it felt like the right place to be and I am excited and ready to be a part of the vision they have set in place for the program."
A native of San Diego, Calif., Kidd played four years at the collegiate level. Her first two seasons were at James Madison (1997-98), where she was an all-conference standout and conference Player of the Week selection. Kidd transferred to Kansas for her final two seasons (1999-2000), where she was a member of the dean's list and team captain for the Jayhawks in her senior season.
Kidd earned Big 12 All-Academic first team honors in 2000 and earned Jayhawk Scholar honors in 1999 and 2000.
"The most important aspect of Sara's addition to our program is that she is the right person for the job," Kramer says. "She has a great personality and will be a positive role model for our players, as she made the Big 12 All-Academic Team and captained the Kansas volleyball team."
She earned her bachelor's degree in sport management from Kansas in 2002 and a master's degree in communications management from USC in 2010.
"We are looking forward to starting preseason camp with our team on Aug. 8 and begin preparing for our inaugural season in the Big 12," Kramer concludes.