(Editor’s note: Montana Western athletics release)
DILLON — University of Montana Western director of athletics Bill Wilson has announced the hiring of Katie Lovett as the Bulldogs’ head volleyball coach.
Lovett is currently the women’s and men’s volleyball assistant coach at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C. She was named Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NAIA Regional Assistant coach of the year in 2018.
“We are excited to have Katie Lovett join the Montana Western family as our next head volleyball coach,” Wilson said. “Katie brings great experience as a collegiate assistant coach in a successful program. Her experience coaching both men and women brings a unique skill-set to the position that you just can’t find everywhere.”
“I am very excited about this opportunity and it has always been a dream of mine to be a head coach,” Lovett said. “I would like to thank everyone who helped me grow as a coach at St. Andrews University, and thank you to everyone at Montana Western that was a part of the interview process. I am excited to get on campus and get to work.”
Lovett has spent five seasons as the assistant coach of the St. Andrews University women’s volleyball team and three seasons as the men’s assistant. The 2016 women’s team and 2018 men’s team qualified for the NAIA national tournament. She has coached multiple all-conference and AVCA all-Region players, as well as two AAC freshmen of the year.
Lovett will start her position in mid-January. She will replace Brent Lewis, who retired after the 2018 season due to personal health issues.