MONTEVALLO, Ala. – University of Montevallo volleyball coach Katie O'Brien recently announced the hiring of Laura Farney as the Falcons' new assistant coach.
"We are excited to have Laura to the Falcon family," O'Brien said. "She comes to Montevallo with a strong volleyball background. I have no doubt that Laura will make an impact on the program with her hard work."
Farney spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. Farney helped guide Arkansas Tech to a 52-22 overall record in her two years as a graduate assistant coach. Arkansas Tech claimed the Great American Conference championship and earned a berth in the 2013 NCAA Division II Tournament a year ago. Farney helped guide the program to a runner-up finish in the Great American Conference in 2012.
"I am very thankful for the opportunity Coach O'Brien has given me to contribute to the Montevallo volleyball program," Farney said. "It is exciting to come into a program that has ongoing athletic and academic success. I look forward to learning from Coach O'Brien and I believe my previous experience will allow me to help these players to continue growing into accomplished student athletes."
Farney was tasked with several responsibilities at Arkansas Tech, including assisting in practice planning, providing skill and drill instruction, scouting opponent film, completing administrative work and assisting in evaluations and campus visits of prospective student-athletes. In addition, Farney also served a practicum in the university's Academic Advising Center.
Farney also served as a club coach with the Golden Suns Volleyball Club for three years in Russellville, Arkansas.
Farney was a four-year member of the women's volleyball program from 2008-11 at Arkansas Tech, where she became the fourth player in program history to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.
Farney helped Arkansas Tech compile a 121-27 overall record during her career while also claiming three conference tournament championships and a bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament in her senior season.
Farney received several honors during her collegiate career, including her selection as a nominee for 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year. Farney was also named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NCAA Division II All-American honorable mention selection following her senior season in 2011.
Farney was named first team All-Gulf South Conference following her sophomore and junior seasons before being selected first team All-Great American Conference following her senior season. Farney was also named a AVCA All-South Region selection in each of her final three seasons at Arkansas Tech.
Farney, who attended the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in 2011, was selected to the academic honor roll in each of her four years at Arkansas Tech and was named the university's Most Outstanding Student-Athlete following her senior season. Farney was also inducted into the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society as a graduate student at Arkansas Tech.
Farney received a Bachelor of Arts and Humanities in Sociology from Arkansas Tech in May 2012. Farney also received a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech in May 2014.