Thursday, October 29, 2020

Head Coach Cathy George reaches 600th win

September 1, 2017
Head coach Cathy George calls out to the team during the first round of the NCAA Championship against Fairfield University on Dec. 2, 2016 at Jenison Field House. The Spartans defeated the Stags, 3-0.
Head coach Cathy George calls out to the team during the first round of the NCAA Championship against Fairfield University on Dec. 2, 2016 at Jenison Field House. The Spartans defeated the Stags, 3-0. —

Volleyball head coach Cathy George earned win No. 600 in her career as a coach after defeating San Diego State earlier today in the Auto Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational. Her overall record is now at 600-390 keeping her at the 22nd spot for total wins in the NCAA Division I volleyball. Currently, George ranks in the top 80 active coaches with her career winning percentage at .607.

George first started as a head coach at North Dakota State 30 years ago and also coached at Texas-Arlington and Western Michigan. She made her way to Michigan State in 2005 where she will become one of the winningest head coach in Michigan State’s history if the team can win just 15 more games. 

“It’s been a long career,” George said. “I have been doing this for a long time, a lot of memories come with that and you really just do treasure the players that played for you and the people that worked for you, your assisted coaches, administrators, and all those people help pave the way for those things to happen.”

For George, she has done the recruitment process many times. Her main goal is to bond with these girls to create and develop them into the athletes they can be. 

“A lot of these players were currently recruited by me when they were (in) eighth grade (and) freshman in high school,” George said. “It’s kinda like a family bond so sometimes they get mad at me, of course, and there’s times we just gotta keep getting on each other a little bit to get themselves to come up a little higher.” 

“I have been very blessed throughout my career to be around good people and that's great,” George said.

The Auto Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational will continue as the Spartans will take on Marshall tonight at 7 p.m.

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