Continuing to develop its intercollegiate athletics program, Spurgeon College announced plans Nov. 21 to field a women’s volleyball team at its Kansas City campus.
With collegiate-level facilities and hiring a head coach, the process of forming the women’s volleyball team is now fully underway.
In October of 2018, Midwestern Seminary’s trustees received plans from the administration to field sports teams at Spurgeon College through the NCCAA — beginning with basketball.
Earlier this month the school announced its intent to field men’s and women’s soccer teams.
Now hiring of Evie Stanton as head coach, the college informed the NCCAA of the school’s intent to field a women’s volleyball team.
“We are thrilled to announce the addition of women’s volleyball to the athletic program at Spurgeon College,” said President Jason Allen. “The new athletics programs on campus have generated a great deal of enthusiasm amongst our college and seminary community. Adding ladies’ volleyball to the mix, I believe, will take the excitement to an even higher level.”
“I am also very pleased to introduce Evie Stanton as the program’s head coach. After conducting a thorough search for the right leader for this position, it was clear that Coach Stanton possessed all the attributes we desired in leading this team,” Allen said.
Stanton possesses significant personal experience at the Division I college-level, and also possesses great energy, substantial knowledge of the game, and excellent leadership abilities, Allen noted.
“Most importantly, she sees volleyball as an environment that’s conducive to discipleship of young ladies for the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Allen said.
Before coming to Kansas City, Stanton played volleyball at the University of Central Arkansas for two years, where she earned academic and athletic all-conference honors her sophomore year.
She finished her final two years at Mississippi State University, where she landed second in the record books for most kills in a single season at 499 during her senior campaign.
That same year, she placed in the top five in the SEC in six different categories: aces per set, total aces, kills per set, total kills, total attacks, and total points, as well as top 25 in the entire NCAA in four of those categories.
“I feel extremely honored and blessed to be given the opportunity to coach volleyball at Spurgeon College,” Stanton said. “I have always desired to use volleyball as a means of ministry, and Spurgeon College is the perfect place for that.”
Stanton explained that the initial plan for the team is to strive to be growing and learning both on the court and in relationships with the Lord every single day.
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Source: Baptist Press