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MSU Volleyball Coach Cathy George announces retirement

January 14, 2022
<p>Head coach Cathy George looks on as the Spartans score a point. The Spartans defeated the Grizzlies in three sets on Friday, Sept. 17.</p>

Head coach Cathy George looks on as the Spartans score a point. The Spartans defeated the Grizzlies in three sets on Friday, Sept. 17.

Michigan State Volleyball Head Coach Cathy George announced her retirement after leading the Spartans for the last 17 seasons.

George finishes her career as the winningest volleyball coach in school history with a 302-233 record and took the Spartans to the NCAA tournament 10 times. Her coaching career spanned 35 years at four different schools, giving her an all-time record of 667-457 for her career.

“My time at Michigan State has been a wonderful experience,” George said via press release. “This is our home – the place where we’ve raised our family – both at home and our volleyball family. Our success through the years was always the byproduct of incredible contributions of so many different people. Coaches, support staff, administrators and the local community all pulled together for the best interests of Spartan volleyball. And above all, our amazing student-athletes gave us everything they had, while accomplishing so much on the court, in the classroom and in the community. They represented Michigan State with class, and it was an honor to be their coach.”

Despite her retirement, George will forever remain a Spartan in her heart and believes she has left the program in a great place.

“Although my time is done as head coach, I will forever be a Spartan,” George said in the press release. “And I can leave smiling because I know the future is bright for Michigan State volleyball. I believe in the team coming back, and I believe in the recruits. As I look to the future, Alan Haller is an athletic director who understands what it will take for Spartan volleyball to be successful at the national level. I wish I had the energy to continue on because I know great things are on the horizon under his watch. The next coach will have all the support they need for Spartan volleyball to be a national power.”

Michigan State Athletics said it will conduct a national search to find George’s replacement.

“Today is a day to celebrate Cathy George and all that she’s accomplished in her storied career,” Michigan State Vice President and Director of Athletics Alan Haller said in a press release. “We are so appreciative of all she’s given not only to Michigan State Athletics, but to the game of volleyball and women’s sports overall. She was a trailblazer as the first woman to coach in the Final Four, and continued to be an example for head coaches in the Big Ten and nationally throughout her career. She, along with her husband Jerry, and sons T.J. and Conner, have been great members of our Spartan Family, and we all wish her great happiness in retirement.”

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