The only head coach in the program history of North Greenville will conclude his tenure at the ConfCarolinas school.
North Greenville announced earlier this week that coach Fred Battenfield will retire at the end of the current season.
Battenfield this season has guided the Crusaders to first place in the ConfCarolinas, and the team is one win away from securing its fourth consecutive winning season. The coach joined North Greenville before the start of the team’s inaugural season in 2015 and in eight seasons has compiled a 94-101 career record.
Among North Greenville’s top victories under Battenfield included upsetting No. 10/9 Grand Canyon in 2020. The Crusaders also have twice advanced to the ConfCarolinas Tournament semifinals.
Battenfield arrived at North Greenville with more than 40 years of experience in college and professional volleyball. The coach was the press attache for the 1988 U.S. Men’s National Team that won an Olympic gold medal and served in a variety of roles at three other Olympics.
North Greenville announced it will immediately begin its search to replace Battenfield for the 2023 season.