Volleyball adds Natasha Marquis to coaching staff

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    Aug. 6, 2012

    By Bill Ford

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois volleyball coach Justin Ingram announced Monday the addition of assistant coach Natasha Marquis to his coaching staff.

    "I couldn't be more excited about Natasha joining our volleyball staff. Her passion for coaching, personality and work ethic will make an immediate impact on our program," Ingram said. "Natasha has been a part of conference championship programs during about 90 percent of her playing and coaching career. She's a true competitor and a great fit for Saluki volleyball."

    Marquis comes to Carbondale after serving one season as head coach at Chadron State College. Despite the team's 5-25 record during her lone season, the Eagles improved upon their two wins from the 2010 season and saw marked increases in attack percentage, kills per set, digs per set, blocks per set, assists per set and points per set.

    Prior to her stint at Chadron State, Marquis spent three seasons as a graduate assistant at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. At UNK, she helped guided the Lopers to three consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships and three appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament with a Sweet 16 appearance in 2010. UNK posted a combined record of 96-12 with a 54-2 conference mark during Marquis's time with the program and the Lopers ended the 2010 season ranked No. 5 nationally.

    During her undergraduate career, Marquis played her final two seasons at Albany following two junior college seasons at Butte College. At Albany, Marquis helped the Danes to a 43-23 record during her junior and senior seasons with two America East Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. At Butte College, she hit .319 and averaged 2.44 kills per game as a sophomore and helped the Roadrunners to back-to-back conference championships.



    Marquis graduated from Albany in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.