HEAD COACH KRIS KERN
Coach Kern is an Ohio native and a veteran high school and club coach who brings a wealth of experience to the job of leading the Yellow Jackets for a second year 2018-19.
The program took a leap forward in just his first season in charge as WVSU recorded a 14-16 overall record and 6-10 conference mark after ending the previous year 6-22 and 3-13.
Kern holds the record for wins as a high school coach in the Buckeye state with a career mark of 762-82 and has received the All Ohio State Coaches Achievement Award three times.
"Kris has a proven record of success as a head coach, and his connections to high school and club volleyball will be an asset in building our volleyball program," WVSU Athletic Director Nate Burton said. "We are confident that he will lead our student-athletes and our volleyball program to great things on and off the court."
In 2016 Kern led Logan Elm High in Circleville, Ohio, to the State Final Four finishing with a 28-1 mark in his first year at the helm of what had previously been an unsuccessful program.
"I'm really excited, I think West Virginia State is a great opportunity because of its proximity to a lot of good volleyball players," Kern said. "I think the program is a real diamond in the rough."
His teams have captured 19 conference titles, 33 sectional championships, 14 District crowns, and two regional titles. He also led a U-19 squad to a World Tournament championship.
Kern has previous college coaching experience at NCAA Division III Kenyon where he spent two seasons.
He has a son, Connor who is a Junior basketball player at The Citadel.