by Gary Hall
WILSON, N.C.-Jeff Lennox, who has been serving as Head Men's Volleyball Coach and Assistant Women's Volleyball at Elmira College (N.Y.), has been hired to become the head Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach at Barton College.
Lennox is a 2008 graduate of Juniata College (Pa.) and is obtaining a master's degree in Education from Elmira this spring. In his four years of service with Head Coach Rhonda Faunce, Elmira's women's team has compiled an overall record of 89-42 and claimed one championship and one runner-up finish in the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC). Lennox was the first coach of Elmira's new men's program in 2011 and led the Soaring Eagles to an overall record of 33-39 over two seasons. His 2012 team just recently completed it season with a 22-18 mark and had an NCAA Division III national ranking as high as 14th.
Lennox served as the primary recruiter for both volleyball teams at Elmira. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) named him as one of its 30 Under 30 Award recipients for 2012. This award is presented to the most distinguished coaches in the nation under the age of 30. He also has coaching experience at Huntingdon Area High School (Pa.) and with the Nittany Valley Juniors and Kaepa Lion's Pride Volleyball Clubs.
"We are extremely pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Lennox as our Head Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach," stated Gary W. Hall, Director of Athletics at Barton. "The success he has demonstrated in coaching both men's and women's teams and his enthusiasm for the game are primary reasons he emerged to be a great candidate for us. We had a pool of 75 applicants through the national search we conducted for this position. Coach Lennox was endorsed to us very highly be a number of persons coaching and working with intercollegiate volleyball."
"Our women's team has performed well in recent years and has about 80 percent of last year's team returning for 2012" said Hall. "Our men's team is still in the building phase and Coach Lennox is extremely well-qualified to move us forward. The level to which he took Elmira's program in just two seasons is very impressive and our expectation is that he can do the same here. Coach Lennox and his wife Melissa will be great additions to the Barton College and Wilson communities."