DENTON, Texas (12/1/09) - The University of North Texas and Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal has announced that the contract of head volleyball coach Cassie Headrick will not be renewed.
Headrick, whose appointment ends on Jan. 31, 2010, was the winningest and longest-tenured coach in the volleyball program's history. She amassed a record of 133-187 in her 10 seasons with the Mean Green.
"Cassie is an incredible young lady who brought a lot of passion to her job at the University of North Texas, and we would like to thank her for her service," Villarreal said. "However, as volleyball in the Sun Belt Conference continues to escalate we find ourselves on the outside of the upper echelon, which is where we aspire to be."
A former standout setter at UALR, Headrick was the only coach to lead the program to two 20-plus win seasons, and guided the Mean Green to the 2006 Sun Belt West Division title. She also accounted for 10 All-Sun Belt selections, including the program's only All-American in Corina Marginas.
Headrick's last three teams were a combined 30-67, including a 12-21 campaign in 2009. The squad failed to qualify for the Sun Belt Tournament in 2008 for the first time since joining the league in 2000, and was the No. 8 seed in 2009.
"I am grateful for the opportunity that the University of North Texas has offered me over the past few years," Headrick said. "I am really proud of the players that have come through this program and what we have been able to accomplish over time. I am confident the program, overall, is in a better place than when I arrived thanks to the great coaches and staff that I have worked beside during my time here."
The search for a new volleyball coach will begin immediately.