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Aug. 7, 2015

Andrea Kacsits (left) & Susan Halverson (right) during a match in 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Geoff Carlston, Ohio State women’s volleyball head coach, has added a familiar face in Susan Halverson to his coaching staff as an assistant coach. Halverson has logged five seasons as a Buckeye, serving as the program’s volunteer coach in 2012 and competing as a defensive specialist from 2007-10.

“So excited to have Susan back with us,” Carlston said. “She was an incredible Buckeye student-athlete back in her day and is an extremely talented coach now.”

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to join the Buckeye Family in a coaching role,” Halverson said. “I had a great student-athlete experience at Ohio State, and look forward to continuing to grow the pride, passion and excellence within the volleyball program. It is an exciting time to be on campus and in Columbus.”

Halverson’s past two seasons were spent patrolling the sidelines at the University of North Texas as an assistant coach. She and the Mean Green racked up 22 wins a year ago on the strength of Conference USA Player of the Year, Carnae Dillard. While living in the Lone Star State, Halverson also continued her work with USA Volleyball as the Technical Coordinator for the North Point Volleyball Club located in the USA Volleyball North Texas Region. During her prior stint in Columbus, Halverson was the System Coordinator (2011-13) for the Elite Volleyball Training Center in the USA Volleyball Ohio Valley Region.

As team captain, Halverson led her Buckeyes to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16. For her career she racked up over 600 digs playing in 117 matches for the Scarlet & Gray.

Before graduating with a Human Development and Family Science degree (specialization in Early Childhood Education), Halverson was lauded as an all-around student-athlete, presented both the Corwin A. Fergus Award and Leann Grimes-Davidge Award in 2010. Fergus Award recipients ‘excel in athletics, achieve academically, demonstrate positive qualities of character and citizenship and show potential for success in a graduate or professional program.’ Halverson earned the Grimes-Davidge Award due to ‘outstanding qualities of athletic performance, scholarship, character, campus or community involvement and leadership.’ She utilized the Fergus Award post-graduate scholarship in her completion of a master’s degree in 2012 (Education with a specialization in Pre-k to 3rd Grade).

Halverson totaled over 600 digs in her Buckeye career