DECATUR, Ga.—The Agnes Scott Athletic Department and athletic director Beth Vansant are pleased to announce the hiring of Anna Braun as head coach of the Scottie volleyball program, effective immediately. Braun served as the interim head coach for the entire 2017 season after a staff departure right before the start of the campaign.
"I am so grateful to Beth Vansant and the search committee for giving me this amazing opportunity," said Braun in response to her appointment. "I feel deeply connected to the mission of Division III athletics and believe Agnes Scott College is the perfect place to develop high integrity, disciplined, competitive student-athletes - on the court, in the classroom, and in the community."
Braun was given the reins to the program after directing it through a difficult situation to eight wins, including two in USA South play. In her one season as the interim coach, she coached senior Resa Knott to an outstanding season that led her to become the first in the program to get named to a USA South all-conference team. Agnes Scott also made the postseason for the first time since joining the USA South. She had previously served as an assistant coach for the Scotties.
"The future of Agnes Scott athletics is bright, and I look forward to sharing this vision with current and future student-athletes," added Braun.
The former Oglethorpe standout moves into the position as a well-seasoned coach after spending the previous seven years as a coach within the A5 Volleyball Club, based out of Roswell. Braun directed her teams to seven consecutive winning seasons, including a string of top-five finishes at both the regional and national levels. Her seven years at A5 lent exposure to some of the best high school players in the region on their way to collegiate programs across all levels.
Braun also spent a season as the JV coach at Alpharetta High School, where she directed the team to a school-best 28-2 record and a third-place finish in Fulton County.