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Sarah Morton named Clarkson assistant volleyball coach

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POTSDAM - The Clarkson University Volleyball program has announced the hiring of Sarah Morton as its assistant coach for the 2012-13 season.

Ashlynn Nuckols, the previous assistant coach, left Clarkson in March to become the head coach at Norwich University, becoming the third assistant under head coach Johan Dulfer to gain a head coaching position in the Division III ranks in the last three years.

“I am thrilled to add Sarah to our coaching staff for the 2012 season,” coach Dulfer remarked. “Sarah really stood out in the search process with her enthusiasm and desire to make a difference. She has a unique background that I think our young team will really benefit from. I was really impressed with the integrity Sarah showed in the search process, and she obviously knows what it takes to be successful in the classroom. I’m also really excited about what Sarah will bring to our gym culture. Her coaches rave about her work ethic and desire to get better and I look forward to seeing her bring that to our gym.”

Morton, a native of Burnt Hills, NY and a 2010 graduate of Syracuse University with a major in Public Health and a minor in Psychology, gained numerous academic and athletic honors while with the Orange, gaining CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-American honors as well as winning the Soladay Award in 2010, Syracuse’s most prestigious award in relation to athletics and academics. On the court, Morton led the nation in blocks in 2009, breaking Syracuse’s career records in total blocks, solo blocks, and block assists. She also holds the Syracuse single-season marks for solo blocks and total blocks, set in different seasons. She has spent the past few years playing professional volleyball in France with Saint Raphael.

“Sarah was one of the best players to come out of New York in recent years, and she really understands the New York volleyball scene and what it takes to be successful here,” Dulfer said. “I fully expect Sarah to hit the ground running and help us as we strive to continue our success at Clarkson.”

The Clarkson Volleyball program has a .766 winning percentage (85-26) over the last three years and has gained selection to the NCAA Tournament in each of those seasons. It has had four AVCA All-American selections, one conference Player of the Year, and three conference Rookie of the Year awards in the past four seasons.

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