Katie Von Hofwegen
Katie Van Hofwegen is poised for her fifth year at the helm of Grace College's volleyball program. She is fresh off leading the Lady Lancers to back-to-back appearances at NCCAA Nationals and 20-win seasons.
Van Hofwegen started her career at Grace on a strong note, guiding the Lady Lancers to 19 wins in her first season and the No. 4 seed in the competitive Crossroads League. She won her first postseason game against rival Bethel to advance to the league tournament semifinals. Grace also won the season-opening Grace College Classic, going 4-0 to kick off her career.
In 2016, the Lady Lancers earned five All-Crossroads League awards and one All-American honor (Caylie Teel).
In 2017, Grace earned a First Team NAIA All-American honor (Alexa Hill) for the first time since 2013. The Lady Lancers reached their fourth NCCAA National Tournament in the past seven years, winning two matches in the tournament and finishing with a 23-17 record.
Her teams have also excelled in the classroom, leading the league in NAIA Scholar-Athletes almost every year. Grace has had 17 Scholar-Athletes in Van Hofwegen's first three seasons, including seven in 2016 (4th-most in the NAIA).
Van Hofwegen comes from The University of Virginia-Wise (NCAA Div. II) where she served as the top assistant coach since 2012. She has a wide berth of volleyball experience that spans across the country.
Van Hofwegen played collegiate volleyball at Shorter University (Ga.). An accomplished defensive player, she was honored as the Southern States Athletic Conference Libero of the Year in 2010 and was a two-time All-Conference winner. She graduated as the school’s all-time leader in service aces (163) and was a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete with a 3.5 GPA. She also finished school ranked No. 2 in career digs with 1,536 and has the school record for most service aces in a single season with 66.
“We are very excited with the outcome of our coaching search. Katie Van Hofwegen has a tremendous background in volleyball and has enjoyed success both as a player and coach,” said Grace athletic director Chad Briscoe. “She is a teacher of the game and is fully committed to assisting student-athletes grow in all aspects of their life during their college experience. I look forward to watching our program grow and achieve success both on and off the court under her leadership.”
While at Virginia-Wise, Van Hofwegen assisted the school’s transition from NAIA to NCAA Div. II. She helped the program overcome a 7-25 record in 2012 to earn its best season in seven years during the 2014 campaign. She was responsible for recruiting, travel coordinating, game tape exchange and practice planning for the Cavaliers. She helped secure one of the best and largest recruiting classes in program history.
In 2011 Van Hofwegen served on the coaching staff at NCAA Div. III Randolph College (Va.), working extensively with recruiting, travel and practice scheduling. She also has multiple years of experience coaching club volleyball and staffing summer camps, including the Liberty University volleyball camp. She originally hails from Riverside, Calif., where she attended Riverside Christian.
“I’m excited to start this new chapter at Grace College,” Van Hofwegen said. “The volleyball program has a great tradition of success, and I plan to continue building on that tradition. I’m looking forward to meeting the team, sharing my faith with them, and leading them both spiritually and as volleyball players. I’m really grateful for this opportunity, and I’m ready to get started.”
Van Hofwegen takes over a volleyball program that has racked up 125 wins over the past four seasons. The Lady Lancers have advanced to three NCCAA National Championships since 2011, including two trips to the national semifinals (2011, 2014).
Van Hofwegen graduated with a Master's in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine in 2016.
Sara Miller joins Grace's volleyball staff for her second year in 2019, fresh off an impressive career for the Lady Lancers.
Miller was an anchor on Grace's backrow from 2014-17, racking up 1,967 career digs to rank No. 3 all-time. Her 766 digs as a senior in 2017 set a single-season program record.
Miller won multiple All-Conference honors and was also a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete for her excellence in the classroom.
She helped Grace reach a pair of NCCAA National Championships, including as a freshman and senior. The Lady Lancers won 86 victories during her four-year career.
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