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Kingsport's Fink named assistant volleyball coach at U.Va.-Wise

• Jun 1, 2016 at 3:43 PM

WISE, Va. - The University of Virginia-Wise athletic department, along with head volleyball coach Kristen Salyer, announced the hiring of Kingsport native Taylor Fink to the position of assistant volleyball coach Wednesday afternoon.

Fink, a former Sullivan South standout, comes to the college after most recently serving as the junior varsity head coach and an assistant varsity coach at Science Hill High School in Johnson City.

A 2015 graduate of Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., Fink is a decorated former setter for the Lions volleyball team. The three-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American served as an assistant coach for a pair of high school club teams during the winter months while in college. Fink was an assistant coach for the 16U C4 Explosive Volleyball Club in the winter of 2014-15 and held the same position for the 15U Ocoee Heat Volleyball Club in the winter of 2012-13.

While a student-athlete, Fink served as a volleyball camp instructor and counselor to high school and middle schoolers during the summers at Bryan.

Named 2014 Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Fink earned multiple accolades on the volleyball court all four years of her collegiate career. The setter was named to the AAC All-Freshman Team in 2011 before being named AAC Co-Setter of the Year in 2012 and AAC Setter of the Year in 2013. She earned first-team All-AAC honors her sophomore through senior seasons, in addition to being named NAIA All-American honorable mention those years as well and claiming AVCA NAIA All-Northwest Region accolades in 2013.

Fink led the Lions to regular season championships from 2012 to 2014, not to mention AAC Tournament titles in 2012 and 2013, and was named to the AAC All-Tournament Team all four years. She was also a standout in the classroom, garnishing AAC All-Academic honors as a junior and senior.

"I am extremely excited to welcome Taylor to the U.Va.-Wise volleyball family," Salyer said. "She had an outstanding career as a student-athlete and understands the hard work and commitment necessary to be successful."

"She is a great fit for U.Va.-Wise and her coaching philosophies are aligned with the mission of the college and the goals of our volleyball program. Taylor's background as a setter will complement my experience as a hitter and provide a nice balance for our coaching staff."

Fink holds a bachelor's degree in exercise and health science from Bryan, along with a K-12 teacher licensure.

U.Va.-Wise will open up the 2016 volleyball season this fall with a trip to Bristol for the King University Tournament beginning on Sept. 2.

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