Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania Athletics Department has named Amy Barmore as its next head coach of the Transylvania volleyball team, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Life, Dr. Holly Sheilley announced Monday.
"Coach Barmore has been a vital piece to the success of our volleyball team over the past four years," remarked Sheilley. "We believe her leadership and passion will continue to elevate the team to new heights."
Barmore, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, becomes the fourth Transylvania volleyball head coach in program history after spending the last four years as the top assistant coach for a Transylvania team which has experienced incremental success in each of those four seasons.
"I am extremely excited and blessed to be the new head coach at Transy, and thrilled to continue and further our championship culture," commented Barmore.
Barmore replaces four-year head coach Kyle Walton, who moved with his family to Norman, Oklahoma this month; his wife Lindsey recently became the volleyball head coach at Division I University of Oklahoma.
"I am so grateful and want to thank Kyle, who molded me into becoming a head coach," added Barmore. "I wouldn't be here without him and his ability to teach and prepare me for this next step in my coaching journey. I want to thank everyone who has supported me in this journey, including Dr. Holly Sheilley, who is a leader and mentor that Transy Athletics is lucky to have."
An intricate part of Transylvania's rise since 2014, Barmore now aims to guide a budding Transylvania team which produced this season's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Hannah Talkers and Freshman of the Year, Ellie Stigger.
This past season, Barmore helped direct the Pioneers to their first 20-win season in four years while finishing second in the HCAC and making an appearance in the conference tournament semifinals.
As Transylvania's lead assistant the past four seasons, Barmore has been instrumental in orchestrating three consecutive strong recruiting classes, highlighted by the achievements of Talkers, a sophomore, and Stiggers this past season. Barmore assisted in bringing in a 2016 recruiting class comprising 10 student-athletes who have served as the foundation of the Pioneer volleyball resurgence.
Prior to joining Transylvania, Barmore began her collegiate coaching career at her alma mater, Georgetown College (Ky.), a NAIA Division I school in Georgetown, Kentucky where she served as the volleyball assistant coach from 2012 through 2014. Before rejoining Georgetown, Barmore was a volleyball assistant coach at Tates Creek High School in Lexington and Scott County High School in Georgetown.
Additionally, Barmore has coached with the Lexington United Volleyball Club since 2001, guiding national volleyball youth teams ranging from U-14 through U-17 ages. Those teams have experienced top-15 finishes during her tenure with Lexington United.
Barmore competed collegiately at Georgetown College from 2006 through 2010 as the team's starting libero, culminating in Georgetown finishing as the national runner-up during her senior season in which she received All-American Honorable Mention honors.
Barmore formally begins her duties as head coach on Thursday, February 1.
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What others are saying about Amy Barmore
"Amy is one of the best up-and-coming young coaches in the country. She is a tireless worker, very competitive, and develops great relationships with her players. I'm very excited for the future of Transylvania Volleyball under Amy's leadership." – Chris Beerman, Director, Lexington United Volleyball Club and 20-year Division I volleyball coach
"Amy was and is a major reason the program is on the upswing that it is. Her ability to relate to recruits as well as train on the court put our team in great position to become elite. There is no doubt Amy is ready to take the next step and make Transylvania into a dominant volleyball program." – Kyle Walton, University of Oklahoma volleyball assistant coach and former Transylvania volleyball head coach
"Amy has always been a natural team leader who will outhustle anyone and hates to lose. She's extremely passionate and she'll teach her players how to communicate, play hard together, and do everything she can to make sure that her team is successful." – Denise Ranney, Union Volleyball Clinics Director