New Charleston coach Murczek lands first high school recruits

A setter from the USA Volleyball High Performance program and a player who had more than 60 kills in a high school match will join the newest EIVA member.

Charleston coach Ken Murczek announced recently that high school seniors Chase Johnson and Ian Barker have committed to play for Charleston beginning in 2018.


Johnson, a 6-foot-6 setter from Barco, North Carolina, was selected to participate at the High Performance program during the summer. He also currently plays club volleyball with Coastal Volleyball Club in Virginia.

“Chase is a tremendous athlete and has a very high ceiling,” Murczek said in a statement. “He has been playing the game for a long time, and I look forward to helping him become an impact setter in the EIVA during his career at the University of Charleston.” 

Barker, a 6-foot-5 middle attacker and outside attacker from Hamburg, New York, had a career-high 66 kills in a single-match with his high school team this season. In addition, he concluded his high school career earning All-Team Western New York honors.

“Ian has a great frame and I like that he can play more than one position,” Murczek said. “I am excited to see how develops on the pin during his college career.”

Charleston in the program’s second year and inaugural season as an EIVA member ended last season in eighth place in the conference. The Golden Eagles enter their first season under Murczek’s returning a majority of starters, including opposite Rajahl Moxey who had a team-high 2.05 kills per game average in 2016.