NEWBERG, Ore. --- Emily Palkert has been hired as the new women's volleyball coach at George Fox University, Director of Athletics Craig Taylor announced Wednesday.
Palkert brings a dynamic mixture of playing and coaching experience to her new position. A four-year AVCA All-American at Concordia University, St. Paul in Minnesota, Palkert was a standout athlete in her playing days. She was named AVCA National Freshman of the Year in 2007 and ended her career as the all-time career kills leader for the Golden Bears. She also led her team to four straight NCAA Division II national championships.
Palkert graduated from Concordia, St. Paul and earned a bachelor of arts degree in child learning and human development in 2011. Upon graduation, she went on to play professionally overseas in Finland in the spring of 2011 and Spain in January of 2012. She earned a silver medal (highest in program history) while playing at Tampere, Finland.
Most recently, she spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, where she helped the Auggies become co-conference champions in the MIAC in 2013 and 2014. She also coached four AVCA All-Americans, All-Central Region and All-MIAC athletes while leading the Auggies to an overall record of 87-32 (.709).
During her time at Augsburg, Palkert coached a Mizuno M1 Volleyball club team in 2012 and a Vital Volleyball 17s Elite team from 2012-15. She will also earn an MBA with an emphasis in social entrepreneurship this May from Augsberg.
As an assistant coach, Palkert helped assist in the strengthening of overall admissions/athletic department relationships including acting as admissions counselor for recruiting visits. She assumed the majority of daily responsibilities while the head coach was on maternity leave in 2014-15. She also updated the alumnae database and improved relationships that led to donations of the new locker room renovation. She successfully recruited 23 student athletes over three seasons and assisted in the creation of a JV program to maximize the student-athlete experience.
"We are very excited Emily has accepted the invitation to be our next head volleyball coach," said Taylor. "Emily emerged as the top candidate in a very strong applicant pool that included applicants from California, Texas and Colorado, as well as Oregon."
"In addition to having outstanding volleyball credentials as a player both in college and professionally, Emily brings NCAA Division III assistant coaching experience from a very successful program in a very competitive Midwest D-III conference. Her energy and passion for volleyball is immediately evident when you meet her."
"I couldn't be more excited and humbled to receive the position as head coach of the George Fox volleyball program," said Palkert. "I hope to carry on the culture of leadership that Steve has created. The team has fantastic potential and I cannot wait to get in the gym! Even more important than athletic talent, they have the unity and Christ-focused heart that creates endless possibilities. The family at George Fox has been so welcoming thus far, and I am grateful to everyone for a seamless transition. Go Bruins!"