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West Virginia State - Volleyball
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Kris Kern enters his third year as the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at West Virginia State University in 2019.

An Ohio native, Kern has an extensive record of success coaching at the high school and club levels. His experience made an instant impact on the women’s volleyball program at WVSU when he joined in 2017.

The program took a leap forward in just his first season in charge as the Yellow Jackets went 14-16 overall, 6-10 in the Mountain East Conference (MEC) after ending the previous year 6-22 overall, 3-13 in the MEC.

Kern’s second season in charge saw further improvement with the team reaching 25 wins to match a program record. The last time that the volleyball team concluded a season with a winning record was nearly a decade ago.

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 on three occasions.

Kern led Logan Elm High (Ohio) to the State Final Four in 2016, finishing with a 28-1 mark in his first year at the helm of what had previously been an unsuccessful program.

His teams have captured 19 conference titles, 33 sectional championships, 14 district crowns, and two regional titles. Kern also led a U-19 squad to a World Tournament championship.

He has previous college coaching experience at NCAA Division III Kenyon College (Ohio) where he spent two seasons.

Kern has a son, Connor, who played college basketball at The Citadel (S.C.).