PAINESVILLE, Ohio – After three seasons at the helm of the Lake Erie College volleyball program, Director of Athletics Kelley Kish announced the resignation of Head Coach Kevin Foeman.
Coach Foeman said, "I would like to thank former Director of Athletics Reid Guarnieri and Vice President Billie Dunn for giving me the opportunity to coach at Lake Erie College, our program's success wouldn't have been possible without their consistent belief in my staff and vision. I would also like to thank President Posler and Director of Athletics Kelley Kish for all of their support and passion they have for our team and this school. While at Lake Erie, I was blessed to work with incredible athletes who have impacted my life beyond measure. Together, we accomplished many incredible feats, all of which have brought so much joy to my life. My athletes here made a huge impact on my life, one which I will never forget and will always be grateful."
In his three years at the helm, Coach Foeman compiled a 54-45 overall record and was 27-25 in conference play. During the 2016 and 2017 seasons, he led the volleyball program to postseason berths, with 2016 being the first postseason action in program history.
In 2017, the Storm enjoyed their winningest season in program history as they compiled a 26-9 overall record and went 15-3 in Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) action. The 15-3 record in the GMAC earned the Storm a GMAC East Division Championship, and the number two overall seed in the GMAC tournament. The Storm advanced to the semifinal match in the GMAC tournament.
Coach Foeman and the Storm program made tremendous strides in the 2016 season. The Storm was 19-16 overall and 9-7 in the conference, which set a program record for the winningest season in Storm Volleyball history. Fighting through an endless array of five set matches (15 in total), the Storm clinched its first ever appearance in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) playoffs where it would earn the program's first ever GLIAC playoff victory over Findlay. During the regular season, the Storm notched victories over GLIAC powers Findlay (twice), Wayne State, Grand Valley State, and Northern Michigan, while statistically the Storm led the GLIAC in Kills, Assists, Blocks, Points, and finished second in Digs in 2016.
Foeman's first season at Lake Erie saw the team triple its win total from the year before, highlighted with victories over Tiffin and conference rival Ashland University. Freshman Crystal Kedroske was named GLIAC Honorable Mention as she led the way on the outside for the Storm in 2015.
Under the direction of Foeman, eight student-athletes were named to all conference honors. Foeman had one first team selection, six second team selections, and one honorable mention. Foeman has accepted a similar position in the region.
Coach Foeman concluded, "I would also like to acknowledge all of our families, staff, and professors, especially Dr. McManamon who has been such an important part of our journey throughout these past three years. The decision to leave Lake Erie was incredibly difficult, but I know the program is in a good place. Thanks to the leadership and vision of the athletic department and administration, Lake Erie College Volleyball's future is bright."
Director of Athletics Kelley Kish said, "Coach Foeman's impact on Lake Erie Volleyball has been tremendous. Our student-athletes and program are thankful for his time with the Storm and the winning legacy and culture he leaves at Lake Erie. As we continue our ascent in the GMAC and Regionally, the foundation of the past three years will make everything we achieve possible."
A national search for Foeman's replacement will begin immediately.