JONESBORO, Ark. (7/11/19) – With the 2019 campaign just 50 days away, Arkansas State head volleyball coach Santiago Restrepo has rounded out his staff with a familiar face, naming former Oklahoma standout Kierra Holst as a graduate assistant coach.
Lettering from 2012 to 2015 for the Sooners as an outside hitter and middle blocker, Holst joins the Red Wolves after a three-year stint at the professional level, playing for clubs in Hungary, the Philippines and Greece until 2018.
“I considered Kierra to be one of the best assets when she was playing for me at OU because she could play multiple positions,” Restrepo said. “Whatever was asked of her, she’d say yes. There is no greater thing to hear as a coach than hearing a player say, ‘I can play any position. Wherever you put me, I’m happy with it.’ That was her greatest attribute. Not only is she super excited to be here, but I’m also excited and honored that she picked us to continue her career. She’s played professionally overseas and has done a tremendous job. We’re extremely happy to have her here.”
Playing a key role in OU’s 20-win season in 2014, the Coppell, Texas, product was a unanimous All-Big 12 first team selection while also earning honorable mention All-American laurels following that breakout junior season. Holst ranks ninth all-time in program history in both career kills (1,300) and total attempts (3,575).
Starting every match and playing in all 120 sets for the Sooners in 2014, Holst was twice named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (9/29, 10/27) as well as being named espnW Volleyball Player of the Week (10/29).
“I’m really excited to be back working with Santi again,” Holst said. “He coached me in my college years, so I’m really looking forward to helping our team. It’s going to be great getting to work with him.”
The Red Wolves open the 2019 slate in Nashville, Tennessee, at Belmont’s Bruiser Showcase August 30-31, where the team will face the host Bruins, Milwaukee and North Alabama.
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