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DePaul volleyball head coach Nadia Edwards announced the hiring of Caitlyn Vann as an assistant coach on Thursday, February 14. Vann enters her first season with the Blue Demons after spending 2012 as a volunteer assistant at the University of California, Berkeley.
"I am extremely excited to have Caitlyn join our staff," said Edwards, who will enter her fourth season with the Blue Demons in 2013. "She has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from her collegiate and professional career, as well as coaching in the Pac-12. She was also mentored by some of the game's finest coaches."
A former student-athlete at the University of Missouri and professional volleyball player for ZOK Split in Croatia, Vann will step into a role focused on defense and recruiting for the Blue Demons.
"Caitlyn will work specifically with our serve reception and defense, assist in recruiting and will serve as our technical coordinator-overseeing stats, video and Data Volley," said Edwards. "Caitlyn possesses a lot of unique characteristics that will have an immediate impact on all aspects of the program."
At Cal, Vann was involved in every aspect of the program and specialized in defense and service reception as well. During Vann's time at Cal, the Bears made the NCAA Tournament for the 11th straight season and beat two top-10 teams on the road.
Prior to her stint in Berkeley, Vann had extensive experience as a camp instructor at the University of Missouri and with Munciana volleyball - one of the premier club programs in the country.
A decorated player at Missouri, Vann was the starting libero for three years and took two trips to the NCAA Tournament with the Tigers - including a Sweet 16 berth in 2010. She is currently the single-season record holder for digs at Mizzou and ranks fourth all-time in digs in Big 12 history. A nine-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, she was a 2010 AVCA All-Central Region honorable mention.
Originally from the Midwest, Vann is a native of Muncie, Ind. She earned a double major in political science and sociology from Missouri in 2011.