FORT MYERS, Fla. - Head coach Dave Nichols announced today that former Eagle standout Holly Younquist (Herbers) will return to her alma mater as an assistant coach for the FGCU sand volleyball team.
“I’m excited to have Holly joining our sand volleyball staff,” Nichols said. “She brings a wealth of sand experience, not only as a player, but with her great contacts in the junior sand community. With her work ethic and personality, she’s really going to help this program grow.”
One of the best libero’s to ever wear the Green and Blue, Herbers will assist in all aspects of the FGCU volleyball program, including identifying, recruiting, and retention of student-athletes, conducting on-the-sand coaching and monitoring study table. Additionally, she will help in community involvement and scheduling.
Herbers, the 2011 A-Sun Preseason Libero of the Year (indoor), two-time second team All-Conference selection and three-time A-Sun All-Academic honoree, enjoyed a great career as both an indoor and sand volleyball student-athlete for the Green and Blue. She currently ranks second all-time in FGCU history and fourth in the A-Sun Conference record books with 1,652 career digs. As a senior (2011) the Estero, Fla. native led FGCU in digs (466; 4.16 per set), while ranking third in assists and fifth in service aces.
A 2010 ESPN Academic All-District 3 second team selection, Herbers played in all 11 of FGCU’s sand volleyball matches last season. The No. 1 duo of Herbers and current Eagle Kaitlin Holm (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS/Marshall) lost in the finals of the No. 1 flight at the inaugural A-Sun Championships.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT YOUNGQUIST (HERBERS):
“I’m very proud of my little sister on becoming the assistant sand volleyball coach at FGCU. She had an outstanding career playing indoor for the Eagles and I know she will be just as successful coaching sand ball. She’s been a great training partner for me when I’m home from California – I have no doubt that she will help make great players at FGCU.”
- Brooke Youngquist Sweat, AVP Professional Player & US Sand Volleyball Nat’l Team Member
“I’m excited to have Holly joining our sand volleyball staff. She brings a wealth of sand experience, not only as a player, but with her great contacts in the junior sand community. With her work ethic and personality, she’s really going to help this program grow.”
- Dave Nichols, FGCU Head Volleyball Coach