JONESBORO, Ark. (4/24/19) – Arkansas State volleyball head coach Santiago Restrepo announced Wednesday that Shannon Niemeier will be an assistant coach on his staff.
“We’re excited about Shannon joining the coaching staff,” said Restrepo. “Shannon is somebody that in the past couple of years has been super trustworthy and loyal to me and my programs. She is super talented and will add a different perspective to our staff.”
Niemeier (nee-myer) comes to Arkansas State after one season as an assistant coach for Coach Restrepo at Oklahoma City University. In her lone season with the Stars, Niemeier helped the team to a 31-6 record, the Sooner Athletic Conference title and an appearance in the NAIA Championships. OCU featured an NAIA All-American, four NAIA Scholar Athletes, Sooner Athletic Conference Hitter of the Year, six all-conference picks, five academic all-conference picks and four conference scholar athletes.
“I am extremely excited and humbled to join Santiago at Arkansas State,” said Niemeier. “Santiago and his family have done so much for me, and I couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity. A-State has a great leader in (Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics) Terry Mohajir followed by so many quality and kind people. This is truly a dream come true for me and I am so ready to get to work.”
Prior to joining Restrepo at OCU, Niemeier was an assistant coach at Edmond (Okla.) North High School. She coordinated, trained and conducted fundamental volleyball mechanics and techniques drills for individual players and the team. She developed and implemented a comprehensive training curriculum for player development, focusing not only on their physical game, but also built their mental game.
Niemeier was an assistant coach for one season at her alma mater, Mid-America Christian University. She coordinated travel arrangements, ran social media pages, assisted the head coach in managing and directing the program and assisted with recruiting.
A four-year standout at Mid-America Christian, Niemeier was a two-time all-region selection and three time all-conference selection. She was the team captain for three seasons and holds the record for most kills in a match at Mid-America Christian. She currently ranks second in kills at MACU.