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UNC volleyball names former assistant Mike Schall as new head coach

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UNC senior middle hitter Skyy Howard (8) wins a point off of a hit in the second set of the volleyball match against Louisville on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. UNC fell 3-0 to Louisville.

The North Carolina volleyball team has hired Mike Schall as its new head coach, the program announced Wednesday morning.

Schall takes the helm after spending five seasons as an assistant under longtime head coach Joe Sagula, who retired in January as the winningest coach in program history. Schall was one of the team's primary recruiters in recent years and was able to help the Tar Heels nab two top-15 recruiting classes.

“Mike understands and embraces Carolina’s commitment to winning on and off the court, and his belief in developing both athletes and students makes him a terrific choice for this position,’’ UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said in a press release. “He is a strong leader and knows how to recruit and develop talent and teams, which will be a huge benefit to the future of Carolina volleyball.”

North Carolina broke a five-year postseason drought in 2021 by clinching a spot in the NCAA Tournament but stumbled to a 17-12 record in 2022. Schall will take over a program with a promising core that looks to regain its national prominence.  

Schall said in a press release that he looks forward to continuing to build championship teams at UNC.

"Thank you also to our student athletes and their families for their unwavering commitment to Carolina Volleyball throughout this process,” he said.   

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