April 15, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army volleyball head coach Alma Kovaci announced Sarah Lusk has joined her staff as an assistant coach on Tuesday morning. Lusk is an Army veteran, who completed two tours of Iraq and coached the All-Army Women's Volleyball Team to a pair of gold medals.
While contributing to all aspects of the program, Lusk will concentrate her efforts working with the middle blockers and Army's overall team blocking. She will also handle travel operations, equipment and joining in the Black Knights' recruiting efforts. Lusk joins third-year Army assistant coach Stafford Barzey on Kovaci's staff.
A 2005 graduate of Colorado State University-Pueblo, Lusk earned second team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors in 2002 and 200, along with being an all-state volleyball player at the high school level. Lusk makes her way to West Point with a plethora of military and coaching experience, making her a unique and ideal fit for the Black Knights.
"Sarah is the perfect addition for West Point and our volleyball program," Kovaci said. "She was an excellent player, an assistant coach for the men's team, a head coach for the women's team and has served in the Army's military police force. She is reliable, competitive, energetic and passionate about coaching and recruiting. She comes highly recommended by my former athletes, many of whom she coached while with the All-Army Teams. The decision to bring Sarah to West Point was an easy one, and we are thrilled to have her on our team."
Lusk's coaching experience ranges from the high school, juniors and military teams and most recently included being the head women's volleyball coach and assistant men's volleyball coach at Mount Olive College in North Carolina. She has guided several military-based teams to include two gold medals and one silver medal for the All-Army Women's Volleyball Team at the All-Armed Forces Tournament. Her teams also participated in the fifth Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2011 and the Women's Military Championships in Amsterdam in 2012.
Lusk spent parts of 2007-11 honing her coaching skills on the juniors level.
Prior to embarking on the coaching path, Lusk deployed to Iraq twice, completing tours in 2006-07 and 2008-09 as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She served five years of active duty and three years in the reserve as a member of the Military Police Corps.
"Sarah's unique background will not only serve the Army volleyball team on the court, but off the court as well," said former Army team captain Danielle (Cooper) Cork '07, who also played alongside and for Lusk as a part of the All-Army Team. "She will be able to mentor the players in so much more than volleyball because of her experiences serving in Iraq. Sarah knows exactly what demands these ladies will face once they graduate and knows exactly what it looks like to be not just a good leader of soldiers, but a great one. Without a doubt, the Army volleyball team will become better athletes, but they will become even greater people."
Lusk, a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Colorado State University-Pueblo.