May 26, 2009

Wargo Departs from Volleyball Program: Heads to Truman State University

BANNER ELK, N.C. - Assistant volleyball coach, Megan Wargo, has accepted the assistant coaching position for women's volleyball at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri after spending four seasons as assistant coach of the Lees-McRae College men's and women's volleyball programs.

"I am excited to become a part of the Truman program, which has a rich history and a team goal of winning a national championship," Wargo said. "I want to thank Ben for giving me this opportunity that I knew I could not pass up after visiting the campus and meeting with him and other athletic administrators. I am also eager to be involved with a school with such a high caliber of academic excellence."

Lees-McRae has been to the NCAA women's tournament three times with Wargo serving as the program's assistant and won three straight Conference Carolinas tournament championships. The Bobcat women's program has compiled a 101-46 record during her four-year tenure at the program, while Wargo helped guide an upstart men's program to a 13-4 record in 2006 and a 19-5 record in 2009.

"I'm happy that Megan has the opportunity to advance her career," Lees-McRae College Athletic Director Ried Estus said. "She is exceptional at what she does, and Lees-McRae has benefited from her numerous contributions to our volleyball programs and athletic department. I would congratulate Truman State because I know how much they've enhanced their volleyball program with Megan on their staff."

"I cannot be happier for Megan," head Lees-McRae coach Jamie Petrik said. "She deserves this opportunity at Truman and will find success. For our teams and the Lees-McRae community, it is tough. She is an integral part of each player's life, and her involvement in numerous aspects off the court will be missed."

She also spent time on the sidelines as an assistant varsity coach at Susquehannock High School in Glen Rock, Pa. and as the head coach for the R&B Select Volleyball club. Her SHS squad advanced to the state championship game in 2004, while her R&B Select clubs picked up both a No. 1 regional ranking and a spot in the top-50 nationally under her guidance.

Wargo also has taken on a major role with Gold Medal Squared, a premier provider of volleyball camps and coaching clinics throughout the United States and Canada.

"When reviewing the applications, Megan's quickly rose to the top," said Truman State head coach Ben Briney. "She understands what it takes to compete for championships, as evidenced by Lees-McRae winning three of four conference championships while she was there. Her experiences, both with the men's game and Gold Medal Squared, will bring added bonuses to the program."

As a player, Wargo was an all-conference outside hitter for Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and holds the second-place spot in both the school's and conference's dig records as well as the fifth-place rank in program kills. As a senior, she was named the conference's Player of the Year after helping guide her team to three Centennial Conference titles and three NCAA Div. III national tournament appearances throughout her four-year career. A two-sport athlete, Wargo was also a first-team all-conference catcher for the GC softball team.

She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2002 with a degree in Management, with a minor in Political Science and an International Affairs concentration.

"I am elated about Megan accepting the position and look forward to working with her as we continue the success of Truman volleyball," Briney said.

Truman State is in the NCAA Division II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, MIAA.

Pictured: Megan Wargo