RICHMOND, Ind. – Annemarie Chin, a former Division I all-conference libero and veteran coach at the high school level, has joined the Earlham College volleyball staff as an assistant coach.
"Annemarie was an intuitive player and coaches similarly. I am certain the girls will respond very well to that style of coaching," said Lauren Horton, Earlham's head volleyball coach. "She also has a defensive philosophy that will hopefully fill our gaps and frustrate our opponents. I'm honored to be working with her!"
Chin previously served as an assistant coach at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Fla., for the past three seasons, helping the Lions reach the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) 6A "final four" in 2016 and 2018, and finishing as the state runner-up in 2017. She also played at Leon High School, leading her team to its only state championship when it won the 6A title in 2011.
Chin was a four-year starter at libero at High Point University (NCAA Division I), earning multiple all-conference honors and making her way into the HPU record book along the way. She was a Second Team All-Big South and Big South All-Freshman Team honors in 2012 as a rookie, after recording 438 digs (3.68 per set) to finish seventh among Big South Conference (BSC) leaders. Chin tallied 628 digs (5.41 per set) in her sophomore campaign, and was fourth among Big South digs leaders. She capped her collegiate career with a conference-best 662 digs (5.61 per set) in 2015 as a senior, second-highest single-season digs tally in High Point's Division I era, and was a First Team All-Big South selection. Chin finished her senior season ranked ninth among Division I leaders in digs per set, leading a High Point squad that was ranked eighth nationally in the category.
Over her four years at High Point, Chin amassed 1,888 career digs – second among HPU's all-time leaders. She is a 2016 graduate of High Point with a Bachelor's degree in graphic design and digital imaging.
"I am inspired by the work ethic that student-athletics have to offer at Earlham," said Chin. "It is all about helping build relationships, support the inner and outer growth, and help them become what they are capable of. It is about raising the level of play and mindset on and off the court. Holding them accountable and letting them know that they have the responsibility in what they create for themselves as individuals, and as a great teammate. I cannot wait to get started on this season and push this program with Lauren to its absolute fullest potential."
Earlham Volleyball finished the 2018 season with a 20-13 overall record, only the third 20-win season in program history, and the most wins since 1991. The 6-3 HCAC record was the most conference wins since the Quakers joined the Heartland prior to the 2010 season. Earlham earned the no. 3 seed for the 2018 HCAC Volleyball Championship, advancing to the tournament semifinals with a 3-0 win over Anderson in a first round matchup. The Quakers were tied for fourth in the HCAC's 2019 preseason poll.
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