Falkenhagen steps down from Bemidji State volleyball head coaching post
Monday, November 27, 2006
Falkenhagen steps down from Bemidji State volleyball head coaching post

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb today announced that Kim Falkenhagen has stepped aside from her responsibilities as BSU’s head volleyball coach, effective immediately, to pursue other interests. The university will begin a national search immediately with the goal of having a new coach on board in the spring of 2007.

“We appreciate Kim’s contributions to our volleyball program during her four years at Bemidji State,” stated Dr. Goeb. “Now it is our intent to move ahead and begin the search for a new head coach.”

Falkenhagen recently completed her fourth season at the helm of the BSU volleyball program where she posted an overall record of 35-94. She leaves ranked third on the University’s all-time coaching list in both wins (35) and matches coached (129).

Falkenhagen broke into the head coaching ranks in 2003 when she became the 11th woman to steer the BSU volleyball program. She posted a 15-17 overall record that year with a 7-9 mark versus the league to place fifth in the NSIC regular season--the program’s best showing since 1999. With 15 victories during her first season as head coach, Falkenhagen stands as the second winningest first-year head coach in the 37-year history of the program.

During Falkenhagen’s tenure, six players were selected as Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Players of the Week, six earned All-NSIC selections, the program saw its first CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree, and 20 student-athletes were named to the NSIC All-Academic Team. In addition, her 2004 squad was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association with a Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award.

Falkenhagen came to Bemidji State from NCAA Division II volleyball powerhouse West Texas A&M. In three seasons on the Buffalo bench she helped direct the team to three straight 30-win seasons, back-to-back-to-back Lone Star Conference Championships and an overall record of 100-8. The team also made three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament advancing to quarterfinals in both 2000 and 2002.
Falkehagen has also had a variety of experiences coaching at the high school, club and AAU levels.

As a player, Falkenhagen was vital to a Northern Michigan University team that made consecutive trips to the NCAA Division II National Championship match. In 1994 the Wildcats won the title while they garnered runner-up honors 1995. She earned NCAA Alliterate Team accolades in 1995 after recording an attack percentage of 13-0-15 (.867) versus West Virginia Wesleyan which currently stands as a tournament record and ranks seventh on the all-time single-match list.