Former Great Dane All-Conference Performer Takes Hudson Valley Volleyball Helm

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Shelby Sayre has been appointed Hudson Valley Community College's new women's volleyball head coach. She replaces Viking Hall-of-Famer Chris Kelly.

"Shelby is someone who excelled both academically and athletically in her collegiate career," Director of Athletics Kristan Pelletier said. "She has a tremendous amount of knowledge about the game of volleyball, as well as what it takes to succeed as a student-athlete which she will be able to pass on to our student-athletes. The athletic department and the college are fortunate to have her become a part of our campus community."

Sayre has acquired a vast amount of playing and coaching experience at the college and international level in a relatively short period of time. Prior to Hudson Valley, Sayre spent two seasons at St. Lawrence University as an assistant coach where she helped guide a seven-win per year program to an average of 24 wins per season. Goldman also completed a masters of education degree and was the athletic facility supervisor at St. Lawrence.

"I am honored and excited to be appointed the head volleyball coach of such a promising program," Sayre said. "I would like to thank the administration for its confidence in my vision for the future of Hudson Valley volleyball. I look forward to working with dedicated student-athletes and building a program which helps these individuals achieve their academic and athletic goals."

An accomplished athlete, Sayre starred at the University of Albany as the team's captain in 2006 and is the current UAlbany career kills leader. She was a First Team America East performer and earned All-Academic Team honors as well. Prior to her collegiate career, she was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team.