ATLANTA, Ga. – Last fall, the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) announced the additions of TCU and Southern Miss to the sport of beach volleyball, expanding the conference to 12 members for the spring 2019 championship. Today we spotlight one of our newcomers in the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
In December of 2017, it was announced that Southern Miss would be adding Beach Volleyball with 2019 being the inaugural season. The Golden Eagles have a good one to guide them into year one in head coach Stephanie Radecki. Radecki comes to Southern Miss after 14 wildly successful seasons as the head indoor coach at North Alabama. While at UNA, Radecki accumulated a record 326-154, including two 30-win campaigns. With a new program, comes new facilities. The Golden Eagles will play their home matches at the newly constructed USM Beach Volleyball Courts, a $250,000 project, which will be completed before the start of the season. Southern Miss began competition on October 27th in Gulf Shores Tournament in Gulf Shores, Alabama. They will begin regular season action in February.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Location: Hattiesburg, Miss.
Home Court: USM Beach Volleyball Courts (Opening 2019)
Head Coach: Stephanie Radecki (Edinboro University, '98)
Best Finish: 2019 Inaugural Season
The CCSA, an NCAA Division I conference, formed in 2007 as a partnership among swimming and diving programs in the ASUN Conference, Big South Conference, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Southern Conference to provide championship opportunities for the men's and women's swimming and diving student-athletes. Conference growth in swimming and diving now shows 15 institutions with competitors from eight separate Division I multisport conferences. With the addition of beach volleyball, the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association now boasts 24 member institutions with participants from 12 different NCAA Division I multisport conferences.