Feb. 11, 2011
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By Leigh Torbin
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF volleyball head coach Todd Dagenais recognized great work within his staff on Friday by promoting Michelle Chatman to assistant head coach.
"I'm extremely excited," Chatman said. "It's one of my goals to be a part of this program for a very long time. The most exciting part is that this shows that the administration has faith in me personally and in our whole program with what we're doing here. To get that confirmation that our administration is confident and believes in what we're doing as a program is the best part of this whole deal to me. This promotion is a sign that shows that and I'm very appreciative."
The Knights have shown some steady improvement over the past few seasons. In 2010 UCF posted its most overall wins since 2003 and also recorded its best league mark since joining Conference USA with nine conference victories.
"This title accurately reflects all of the important things that Michelle does for the growth and development of this program, especially in recruiting areas," Dagenais said. "I think it is important to see a specific structure and stability within a program. This kind of a promotion for Michelle allows the public to see a consistent structure and organization that we have put in place for the future."
"The administration and I recognizes Michelle's ability to provide a very high level of leadership. This allows Michelle to step in when I'm not available or tied up with another situation and be the leader of this program. This promotion shows everybody that Michelle is a leader in this program and she can have the freedom to take this program into a direction that she chooses as well. I'm very happy that the administration recognized Michelle's importance and that they were willing to bestow this title upon her."
Chatman came to UCF in 2008 after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Georgetown University. As an assistant at with the Hoyas, Chatman coordinated all recruiting efforts, while also serving as the director of operations for the team, managing travel and equipment.
Prior to being named an assistant at Georgetown, Chatman spent the 2005 season as a student assistant coach at the University of Florida, her alma mater. While assisting the Gators, the team posted a 33-3 overall record and made an appearance in the N CAA Elite Eight.
Chatman was a four-year letterwinner while a member of the Gators' squad and was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American Honorable Mention selection as a middle blocker following her 2004 season. Chatman earned her first All-America honor of her career after a senior season that saw her post the ninth-best single-season hitting percentage in UF history (.393). Chatman also garnered AVCA East Region accolades in 2002.
During her four seasons as a Gator, the volleyball team posted a 126-10 overall record and made four-consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including the NCAA Final Four in 2002 and the national championship match in 2003.