liu ting MG 9155Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has announced Ting Liu of Hutchinson, KS, will be the next head volleyball coach for the SWCC Spartans volleyball program.  Liu replaces Melissa Blessington, who recently resigned her position at SWCC to become head volleyball coach at Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS.

Liu has been the assistant volleyball coach at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas for the past year.  Prior to that, she was a graduate assistant to the volleyball coach while completing her master of science in health, physical education, and recreation with a concentration in coaching for Emporia State University.  She has a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from Emporia State.  Liu has coached club volleyball and assisted with camps at Emporia State, Hutchinson Community College, and the University of Missouri.

In addition to her volleyball coaching experience, Liu has significant playing experience in China and the United States.  Liu was a member of the Beijing women’s volleyball team from 2001-2005, a volunteer player for the US national women’s volleyball team in 2006, and a member of the Emporia State University volleyball team from 2007-2010.  She was the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) player of the year in 2008 and freshman of the year in 2007.

Bill Krejci, SWCC athletic director, is extremely excited about the addition of Liu to Spartan athletics.  “Coach Liu brings a burning passion for excellence to the volleyball program at Southwestern,” Krejci explained.  “I am confident that Ting will continue the academic and athletic success associated with SWCC volleyball.”

In addition to her coaching duties, Liu will be the residence hall coordinator for Spartan Hall.  Liu will begin her duties at SWCC on Mon., March 10.