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Mallory Clements Named Western Illinois Assistant Volleyball Coach Mallory Clements, former SIU-Edwards- ville volleyball standout and assistant coach, has been named assis- tant volleyball coach. Tenth-year Western Illi- nois head coach Kym McKay announced the hiring. Clements comes to Macomb from SIU- Edwardsville, where she spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach under former Cougar head coach Todd Gober. Clements was highly involved in day-to-day administra- tive duties including coordinating travel, fundraising efforts, recruiting and organiz- ing practices. Clements also served as interim head coach for a short time before the Cougars named Leah Johnson head coach in April. "Mallory's experi- ence at another Illinois state institution is a huge bonus," said McKay."She is very familiar with the poli- cies and procedures that we follow. Her most recent experience as an interim head coach exposed her to that next level of administrative work. I look forward to Mallory's smooth transition to her duties at Western Illinois." Prior to her coaching career, Clements played four seasons with the Cougars from 2005-08 and served as team captain for her final two years. Clements, a native of Mr. Pulaski, was named to the 2007 American Volleyball August 6, 2011 Coaches Association All-America third team for her efforts on the court. As the Cougars' starting setter, Clements broke the school record for service aces (189) and ranks second all- time in assists (4,311) and digs (1,459). "Though she was a setter, she prefers to train middle hitters and enjoys the nuances of offensive systems and transition," said McKay. "She is familiar with the Illinois area for recruiting with ties to the central and south- ern portions of the state. Though she has donned the Red and Black for the last six years, she is ready for the Purple and Gold." Clements also ex- celled off the court, where she was a two-time first team ESPN The Magazine/ CoSIDA Academic All-America selection. Clements earded a bachelor's degree in business administration and an MBA at SIUE. "Mallory exudes a maturity beyond her years and the knowl- edge she gained while earning her MBA makes her a great asset to this program," added McKay. "She will bal- ance the player-coach relationship well and her business educa- tion will come through in her administrative work." What they are saying about Mallory... Dr. Brad Hewitt, SIUE Director of Ath- letics "Mallory is an extremely bright and hardworking person, who matriculated from an outstanding student- athlete, to become our team captain, a gradu- ate assistant and then full-time coach. Mal- lory did an outstanding job in an interim role for nearly 5 months after our head coach resigned. She managed camps, fundraising and maintained the pro- grams integrity, know- ing that the likely hood that the new coach probably would not keep her. This demon- strated great class, char- acter and integrity. Like all of us, there becomes a time to leave our alma mater and venture into the professional world. Her time is now, I am extremely happy that she will begin her career under the leadership and guidance of Coach McKay and Dr. Tim M. Van Alstine. If Mallory were my own daughter I could not asked for a better start in a profes- sional coaching career then under these two outstanding people. Mallory will be a great fit and work hard for WIU," Todd Gober, head volleyball coach at SIUE from 2001-2010. Clements played and coached under Gober. "Mallory will make an immediate impact at Western Illinois. She will bring fresh ideas to a terrific program run by a great coach in Kym McKay. She will be a tremendous asset in recruiting, as she is very familiar with central Illinois and the Chicagoland area. We recruited the same areas as WIU at SIUE and Mallory will comple- ment Kym tremendous in that astagct." "Mallods very pas- sionate about volleyball and that enthusiasm for the game will deft- nitely have a positive effect on the Western Illinois program. She is an extremely well organized and intel- ligent coach who leads by example. She brings high energy every day and truly runs a great practice." "Mallory will fit in very well at Western Illinois and is in a fan- tastic position to learn a lot from Kym. She has a wonderful opportunity to soak up knowledge from a well-respected and accomplished coach in the college ranks. During her time at SIUE, Mallory had a fantastic rapport with the student-ath/etes and mentored a lot of my athletes. I am positive she will do the same as a Leatherneck." Mallory is the daughter of Jeff and Susan Clements of Mt. 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