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January 6, 2012

CMS Names Vlasich Volleyball Coach

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletic department removed the interim tag from Kurt Vlasich naming him the head coach of the CMS Women's Volleyball Team and an instructor of physical education.  He had been serving as Interim Head Coach for the CMS program since December 2010 and led the team to a 19-10 overall record and a 10-4 conference record which was good for a third place SCIAC finish and a berth in the SCIAC postseason tournament.

"I am so pleased that Kurt has agreed to join our coaching staff," said CMS Director of Athletics Mike Sutton.  "He has proven himself to be an excellent volleyball coach and colleague.  He understands and values the commitment of our players to excellence on the court and in the classroom.  Consequently I'm excited for the continued success of CMS volleyball and for the outstanding competitive experience of our current and future volleyball student-athletes."

Vlasich was the lead assistant for the CMS from 2002-2010 while also serving as the Director of Club West Volleyball. At Club West, Vlasich qualified nine teams for the USAV Junior Olympics. This past season, his 18-National team finished with a #7 National Ranking to close out the 2011 season.

A native of Claremont, Vlasich attended Claremont High School where he was a two-time, All-League selection for the Wolf Pack volleyball team and helped lead the team to consecutive CIF semifinal appearances in 1993 and 1994.  A 1999 graduate of Pepperdine University, Vlasich majored in biology and played for the volleyball team from 1995-98.