Hazelwood won’t return as volleyball coach

Jenny Hazelwood

Jenny Hazelwood

Mississippi State volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood is being reassigned to an administrative position in the MSU Athletic Department and will no longer serve as head coach, MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin announced Monday.

“I want to thank Jenny for her hard work and commitment to our volleyball program for the last six years,” said Stricklin. “She has always been a great representative of Mississippi State and has led our volleyball program with class and dignity.”

Hazelwood compiled a 55-129 record in six seasons at the helm, including an 20-96 mark in Southeastern Conference play. She coached two AVCA All-Americans, five All-SEC stars, one CoSIDA Academic All-American and 36 All-SEC Academic and All-SEC Freshman Academic honorees.

In 2013, the Bulldogs captured 12 victories, representing the most by the program since 2006. That year, MSU capped the season with an impressive 3-1 victory in Knoxville, Tenn., defeating the Volunteers in Knoxville for the first time since 1995. The Bulldogs’ eight home wins in 2013 were the second-most in single-season school annals.

This season, MSU posted a 7-26 mark as freshman Payton Harris earned All-SEC freshman honors while ranking second nationally in digs and digs per set. Harris set the school record for digs in a season, while finishing second on the SEC single-season list.

“I appreciate the opportunity to have coached at my alma mater and I wish the players and the program nothing but the best moving forward,” said Hazelwood.

Stricklin said a search for a replacement will begin immediately.

(From  MSU Media Relations)

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