Gina Chambers has announced her plans to step away from the volleyball coaching ranks and her position as the head volleyball coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University to devote more time to her family. She will step down at the end of the semester.
Chambers has been the head volleyball coach at NWU for the past eight seasons leading the Prairie Wolves to a 138-95 overall record compiling the second most victories in NWU volleyball coaching history. She led the NWU volleyball program to seven consecutive NCAA III National Tournament appearances from 2004-10
“After much prayerful consideration I have resigned my position as head volleyball coach and HHP instructor at Nebraska Wesleyan University,” Chambers said. “While this decision was incredibly difficult, I am looking forward to spending more time with my family, especially my three young daughters.”
This season Chambers guided NWU to a 16-12 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the GPAC. In 2010 she led the Prairie Wolves to a 23-6 overall record, the most victories since 1998 and a final AVCA ranking of No. 22 marking the second consecutive season the Prairie Wolves ended the year nationally ranked. Twice she guided the Prairie Wolves to the second round of the NCAA III Tournament. During her tenure she coached four AVCA All-American players.
“I am very proud of the leadership Gina provided for our volleyball program,” NWU Athletic Director Ira Zeff said. “She has been a tremendous role model for the young women in our program. Under Gina’s guidance our volleyball team has achieved excellence on the court and in the classroom. I wish her the best in her new role as a full-time mother.”
Chambers (then Gina Duensing) came to NWU in 1992 as a volleyball and women’s basketball player. She was a four-year starter and All-Conference honoree in volleyball from 1992-95 and still ranks on the NWU all-time charts in eight categories. In basketball she was a three-year letterwinner and All-Conference selection before graduation from NWU in 1997. Chambers was also the head softball coach at NWU for two seasons (2000-01) and was an assistant for the women’s basketball program for five seasons.
“I would like to thank the administration at NWU for providing me with the opportunity to serve its students over the past eight years,” Chambers said. “I would especially like to thank my past and current players and their respective families. I consider them all a part of my family and am grateful for the opportunity I had to get to know each and every one of them. I wish nothing but the best for the Nebraska Wesleyan Volleyball team in the future.”
The search for a new volleyball coach will begin immediately.