Kim Falkenhagen Named Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Bemidji State
Thursday, April 10, 2003
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University director of athletics Dr. Rick Goeb today announced the hiring of Kim Falkenhagen as the university’s 11th head women’s volleyball coach.

“ I am real excited because Kim brings so much energy to the volleyball program,” said Goeb. “She is a talented coach and extremely knowledgeable about the game of volleyball. She made a great impression on the team when she was here for her interview.”

Falkenhagen comes to BSU after a three-year stint as an assistant coach at West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas. She has helped direct one of the best Division II programs in the nation, helping the Buffaloes to the NCAA round of 16 in each of her three years on staff, including national quarterfinal appearances in 2000 and 2002.

During Falkenhagen’s tenure, West Texas A&M won Lone Star Conference titles from 2000 through 2002 and posted three consecutive 30-win seasons with a three-year aggregate record of 100-8.

During her two years as a graduate assistant at WTAMU, Falkenhagen served as a marketing assistant working with sponsorships, marketing and advertising for the athletics program.

Prior to her stint at West Texas A&M, Falkenhagen was varsity coach at Bay City Central High School in Bay City, Mich. from 1997-’99. There, she helped develop several Division I athletes including Michigan State defensive specialist Emily Engel.

She also has a variety of coaching experience at the club, AAU and high school junior-varsity levels.

Falkenhagen began her collegiate playing career at Weber State, playing with the Wildcats from 1992-’93 before transferring to Northern Michigan. There, Falkenhagen helped lead the Wildcats to the 1994 NCAA Division II national championship and a national runner-up finish in 1995. She was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team in 1995 after setting a still-standing Tournament single-match record for attack percentage (13-0-15/.867) against West Virginia Wesleyan. That performance is tied for sixth-best in a single match in Division II history.

She earned AVCA All-Great Lakes Region and All-GLIAC honors in 1995, and was named to regional All-Tournament teams in both 1994 and ‘95. She led NMU in total blocks (93) and block assists (82) in 1995.
Falkenhagen and her 1995 Northern Michigan teammates were inducted into the NMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

Falkenhagen inherits a Bemidji State program which was much-improved a year ago under first-year head coach Patricia Mickow. BSU finished 11-17 in its only season under Mickow, 8-10 in NSIC play, a marked improvement from the 2001 squad which finished 8-23 overall and just 4-14 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Mickow left BSU in January to assume head coaching duties at St. Cloud (Minn.) State. In addition to head coaching duties at BSU, Falkenhagen will also serve as senior woman administrator.

Falkenhagen earned a bachelor of science degree from Northern Michigan in 1997 and a master of arts in interdisciplinary studies from West Texas A&M in 2002.

“ I am really looking forward to this opportunity,” said Falkenhagen. “When I visited, the community and scenery were great and the team was a lot of fun to coach. I am excited to get started and ready to get into it."

Kim Falkenhagen At-A-Glance
Personal
Birthdate: 12/4/73
Home town: Saginaw, Mich.
Family: Holly (27) - Sister; Guy (24) - Brother
Education
BS, political science, Northern Michigan ‘97
MA, interdisciplinary studies, West Texas A&M ‘02
Collegiate Coaching Career
2000 West Texas A&M - graduate assistant - NCAA Div. II quarterfinals
2001 West Texas A&M - graduate assistant - NCAA Div. II round of 16
2002 West Texas A&M - first assistant coach - NCAA Div. II quarterfinals
2003 BEMIDJI STATE head coach
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