A former All-American outside attacker will now return to St. Francis to be on the coaching staff.
St. Francis coach Mark Rumbaugh announced Tuesday that he hired Jordan Varee to be an assistant coach for the upcoming season.
Varee is one of six St. Francis players to ever earn All-American honors and remains the only player in program history to be a four-time All-EIVA selection. In addition, the outside attacker ended his college career as the Red Flashes’ record-holder for career kills and career aces.
After his time at St. Francis, Varee spent the last five years playing professional volleyball in Sweden. He also trained with the U.S. Men’s National Team leading up to the 2012 Olympics and competed for an Olympic roster spot.
“I’m very excited to have Jordan join our staff after such a successful playing career at St. Francis,” Rumbaugh said. “His professional experience in Europe along with his time with the U.S. National Team will be invaluable to helping our players grow and improve.”
The Red Flashes ended last season in fifth place in EIVA and for the third consecutive year did not qualify for the four-team conference tournament. The team also have not finished in the top four of the EIVA since 2009 — Varee’s junior season.
St. Francis, though, returns a majority of starters for the upcoming season, including all-conference opposite Mike Marshman.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to return to Saint Francis,” Varee said in a statement. “I look forward to working alongside coach Rumbaugh as well as with this great group of guys we have on the team. The season can’t come soon enough and I can’t wait to get started.”