QUINCY -- Courtney Kvitle was introduced Friday as the volleyball coach at Quincy Notre Dame.
She admits that as recently as two years ago, she never thought she would be accepting a job like this one.
The former University of Wisconsin standout graduated, got married in August 2015 and took a job in Quincy as a case manager at Transitions in October 2015, and it appeared she was ready for life without volleyball. However, she's spent the past two seasons as an assistant to Teresa Loos at Payson Seymour, which won the Class 1A state title this fall.
"When I left Wisconsin, I was at that point. I was just kind of ready," Kvitle said. "I didn't realize how much I missed it until Teresa reached out to me (to be an assistant), and I'm so glad she did. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be where I'm at today and be able to throw my love and passion pack into the sport.
"I'm very excited to be here."
Kvitle replaces Rich Meyer, who was not rehired to coach the Raiders after his teams won 204 games in seven seasons. He led QND to a 33-9 record and a second-place finish in the Class 2A state tournament this year, and his 2011 team won the Class 2A state title.
Kvitle, who turns 25 next week, grew up in DeKalb and played for the Sports Performance Volleyball Club out of Aurora during her high school days.
She was a sophomore on the Wisconsin team that lost to Penn State in the NCAA championship game in 2013. She was a setter for her first two years at Wisconsin, then became an outside hitter for her junior and senior seasons and was a second-team All-American in 2015.
Bill Connell, the athletic director at QND, said he spoke with Kvitle three times about the job.
"She reminds me a lot of myself at a young age," Connell said. "She's enthusiastic, and she's going to bring a lot of positive vibes to our program.
"(The volleyball program) might be the one at this school with the most success over time, and we have a lot of young players. We believe we're going to be good for a long, long time."
Asked how many people applied for the position, Connell said, "I can't say that."
Kvitle said she talked with her husband, Jason, and her mother before agreeing to take the job.
"It's a challenge," she said. "I'm always up for challenges. I know I'm young, and I really don't know what to expect, and going into a head coaching position will be challenging. But I thought, ‘Why not try it?' It's something that I didn't want to regret in the future, and I'm leaving Payson on a really good note. I'm excited for the opportunity."