BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Athletic Department and athletic director Randy Tenney is pleased to announce the hiring of Ashley Ziegle as the college's new head volleyball coach.
Ziegle is a 2012 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan and was a five-year member of the Lady Bobcat volleyball team from 2007-2011.
Ziegle remarked she is happy to return to West Virginia Wesleyan.
"I have always loved Wesleyan," she remarked. "I have always been in contact with (prior head coach) Jackie Hinton. In fact, Jackie was the person that recruited me here when she was a graduate assistant coach. I have always joked with her that when she stepped down, I wanted to take over for her. As soon as she realized she was stepping down this past fall, she gave me a phone call telling me that I needed to apply for the job."
Hinton resigned from the head-coaching position after serving five years at the helm of the Lady Bobcats to become the college's new Director of Compliance and Academic Services.
Ziegle comes to Wesleyan after a one-year stint as head coach at NAIA West Virginia University-Tech.
She took over the struggling program at WVU-Tech and led them to seven wins last year.
Prior to her time at WVU-Tech, she attended Concord University and earned her Master's degree in Health Promotion in 2014 while serving as an assistant coach of the Mountain Lions in 2012 and 2013.
Ziegle also has coaching experience through club volleyball. She has coached at Upland Volleyball Club (2007-08), Clash Southwest Volleyball Club (2012-13) and Survivor Jo's Club (2013-14).
Ziegle stated her transition back to Wesleyan has been a smooth one.
"Everyone has been very supportive," Ziegle said. "Jackie has been extremely helpful. Any question I have had, she has answered it and then some. Athletic director Randy Tenney has been really great. Randy was actually a teacher of mine when I was a freshman, so I have known him since that time."
As a member of the volleyball team, the Lady 'Cats went 25-11 her freshman year. She saw action as a freshman in 93 of Wesleyan's 121 sets and was fifth on the team in kills (164) and fifth in digs (214).
As a sophomore she appeared in 26 games and was sixth on the team in digs (182), on a team that won 13 contests. Her junior year she saw action in 25 contests and was fifth in digs (154) as the Lady 'Cats won 11 game games.
Her senior year in 2010 was cut short because of injuries and she earned a red-shirt fifth year.
In her final season in 2011, she saw action in 17 games and recorded 124 digs.
Ziegle is a native of Rancho Cucamonga, Cal. and graduated from Rancho Cucamonga High School in 2007.
She now resides in Buckhannon.