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Connor Zimmick
Connor Zimmick has been with the Mountaineers since January 2022.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Zimmick Promoted to Associate Head Coach for Appalachian State Volleyball

App State volleyball coach Connor Zimmick has been promoted to associate head coach, head coach Sarah Rumely Noble announced Monday.

“We are so excited to promote Connor to associate head coach. I appreciate all of his work to help make our program great. He works tirelessly for our student-athletes and I am excited for what the future holds with him in our program,” said Rumely Noble.

Zimmick specializes in training attackers and blockers, primarily focusing on the Mountaineers’ middles and right sides.

“I’m grateful to Director of Athletics Doug Gillin, our Senior Associate Athletics Director Erika Cheung, and Sarah for this opportunity. It’s evident that our administration is investing in volleyball, and I appreciate their support as we pursue championships. App State Volleyball is a special program, and I’m eager to continue building an environment of excellence for student-athletes and future Mountaineers,” said Zimmick.

During the 2023 season, the Mountaineers recorded 1,275 kills (averaging 11.7 per set) as well as 251 blocks (62 solo, 378 assists). Sophomore Maya Winterhoff, who is a two-time second-team All-SBC selection, led the team with 130 blocks on the season and made 239 kills last fall. She also led the Sun Belt and ranked nationally in the top-50 in the hitting percentage category (.374) and ranked fifth in the SBC and among the NCAA’s top-50 in the blocks category. Winterhoff, along with fellow middle blocker Lauren Pledger, setter Sophie Cain, and defensive specialist/libero Kenady Roper earned CSC Academic All-District accolades for their efforts in the classroom.

Zimmick guided Winterhoff to the program’s first Sun Belt Freshman of the Year honor in 2022. Winterhoff led the team with 102 blocks as well as 39 aces. She also slammed down 253 kills during her freshman season. The Mountaineers tallied 1,378 kills (averaging 12.1 per set) as well as 231 blocks (50 solo, 362 assists) in Zimmick’s first season in the High Country. In addition to Winterhoff’s Freshman of the Year honor and second-team All-SBC honors, outside hitter McCall Denny collected second-team accolades.

Zimmick joined the program in January of 2022. Prior to his time at App State, he served as an assistant coach at Butler for two seasons. From 2018-2019, Zimmick was a graduate assistant at Kentucky and earned his masters degree during his time with the Wildcats. He received his undergraduate degree from Wisconsin in 2018, and was a student manager for the volleyball program. While at Wisconsin and Kentucky, he helped the programs reach a combined three NCAA regional semifinal appearances and one regional final appearance.