Lees-McRae names new head coach for upcoming season

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A coach with the Gold Medal Squared program will take the helm at Lees-McRae.

Lees-McRae Vice President for Athletics and Club Sports Craig McPail announced that the school hired Sam Albus to be the new Bobcats men’s volleyball head coach.

Albus arrives at ConfCarolinas school after helping conduct volleyball clinics across the country with Gold Medal Squared. The coach also serves as the president for River City Flow that competes in the Volleyball League of America.

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“When talking to Sam, I was energized by his desire to develop the young men in our program to their full potential, both on and off the court, representing Lees-McRae with high character,” McPhail said in a statement. “His professional experience will lend to be quite the mentor to our team and for recruits to recognize his path was unconventional, but still highly successful.”

Along with the professional coaching experience, Albus recently was an assistant coach for the Truman State women’s volleyball team. Among Albus’ roles at Truman included data analysis, recruiting, practice planning and overseeing the team’s weight training.

Lees-McRae finished last season in seventh place in the ConfCarolinas and lost in the opening round of the conference tournament. In addition, outside attacker Michael Marsans had a nation-best 5.23 kills per game average and earned First-Team All-ConfCarolinas honors.

The Bobcats have not advanced beyond the opening round of the ConfCarolinas Tournament since 2013.

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