Zimmerman elevated to assistant coach
WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita State volleyball head coach Chris Lamb announced Katie Zimmerman as the program’s assistant coach. The former Shocker standout was named the new Shockers volunteer assistant coach on May 11.
Zimmerman will replace Chelsea Scott as assistant coach. Scott and associate head coach Sean Carter were hired by Idaho State on June 9.
Zimmerman (then Reilly) served as center tackle at Wichita State from 2012 to 2015, helping the Shockers win three Missouri Valley Conference championships, three NCAA Tournament appearances, four 20-win seasons and one run to the Sweet 16 in 2012. As a three-year-old starter, Zimmerman earned AVCA All-American, All-Region, and All-Conference honors as a senior in 2015. She received her BS in Exercise Science from Wichita State.
Zimmerman returns to Wichita after serving as head coach of indoor and beach volleyball at Spartanburg Methodist College (SC) from 2018 to 2022. During her four seasons at Spartanburg, Zimmerman was twice named Coach of the year, guiding the Pioneers to three regional titles. She has coached nine players from all regions and the 2021 Region 10 Player of the Year in Laura Lietzke. Zimmerman has also helped 14 student-athletes take their playing careers to the next level. The indoor program has grown from a 14-19 campaign at the start of Zimmerman’s tenure in 2018 to a 29-10 finish in 2022. Zimmerman took indoor success to the sand by launching the beach volleyball program in 2020 In the first full season in 2022, the Pioneers went 15-4 and took third place in the AVCA’s first two-year beach championships.
Prior to her stint at Spartanburg Methodist, Zimmerman served as an assistant coach at the University of Louisiana from 2017 to 2018. She helped lead the Cajuns to a 21-11 record, marking their most successful season in the scoring era. of rally. Zimmerman primarily worked on scouting opponents and team blocking strategy—the Cajuns went on to lead the Sun Belt Conference in blocks per set and digs per set.
After graduating from Wichita State, Zimmerman attended the University of South Carolina as a graduate student, playing two seasons (2016-2017) on the beach volleyball team under the former WSU assistant RJ Abella. While at Columbia, the Gamecocks earned their first NCAA National Championship Tournament bid and Zimmerman earned a berth in the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Peers Championship in 2017. She earned her Master of Science degree from exercise with a focus on rehabilitation sciences.