Caren Kemner knew before she took over as Culver-Stockton College's director of volleyball that coaching both the men's and women's teams would be taxing.
After one year in charge of both programs, Kemner and C-SC athletic director Pat Atwell agreed she needed to devote time to just one.
"After doing it, she was like, ‘Just once is good enough,'" Atwell said.
Kemner is sticking with the men's program while the school announced this week it is promoting Daniel Cabrera to the head women's volleyball coach. Cabrera spent the last two years as an assistant coach with both programs.
"Daniel has done an excellent job in his role as an assistant coach and was highly involved in recruiting the incoming class," Atwell said. "During the interview process, it became clear that he had a passion to be our head coach, which is something that I always look for."
Cabrera, a Chicago native, played four years of varsity volleyball at St. Patrick High School, leading the Shamrocks to a fourth-place finish at the IHSA state tournament in 2009. He played three seasons at Hannibal-LaGrange University, where he was a team captain for two seasons.
Kemner, a Quincy native, coached the C-SC women's program for seven seasons, compiling a 95-125 record while coaching 23 All-Heart of America Athletic Conference selections and a three-time All-American in Kamrin Gold.
She spent her first season with the men's program last winter, compiling a 7-19 mark.
The move back to coaching just one program allows Kemner, a three-time member of the U.S. Olympic team and an inductee into the World Volleyball Hall of Fame, to assist the C-SC athletic department in other ways.
"There are a couple of things administratively that hopefully she will do for us and that she's interested in," Atwell said.
It gives Cabrera a chance to forge ahead in his career.
"The reality is it is pretty hard to keep assistants at our level," Atwell said. "You know you're going to roll through them. I think you could do (the dual coaching role), and it's not a bad model with the right people. This model for us works better."
QU seniors earn GLVC recognition
A dozen Quincy University student-athletes were award the Great Lakes Valley Conference's Council of Presidents' Academic Excellence Award.
Student-athletes are honored after completing their eligibility and maintaining a 3.5 grade point average or better throughout their career. All honorees are required to have competed in the GLVC for at least two years and completed 96 credit hours.
The QU baseball team, which enjoyed its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance this past spring, had four players earn recognition -- reliever Cole Crawford, outfielder Matt Hilmes, outfielder Kyle Reeves and first baseman Troy Wehde. The women's soccer team, which also made an NCAA Tournament last fall, had three players honored in defender Bailey Greubel, midfielder Katie Heiligenstein and forward Mackenzie Rief.
Also honored were Megan McClure (cross country), Marlee Clouatre (golf), Chris McArthur (soccer), Sydney Lynch (tennis) and Rebecca McIsaac (tennis).
Several Hawks with perfect GPA
Quincy University had 13 student-athletes receive the Brother James Gaffney Distinguished Scholar honor from the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
The award, named after the former president of Lewis University, is given to student-athletes who finish the academic year with a 4.0 grade point average.
The QU honorees are Devin Thomas (baseball), Jake Viaene (baseball), Ryan Briscoe (men's basketball), Aleksandra Petrovic (women's basketball), Ross Henson (men's golf), Eddie Plesha (men's soccer), Hayden Tucker (men's soccer), Emily Van Rie (women's golf), Maddie Depke (women's soccer), Sara Demuth (softball), Remi Ferguson (softball), Marissa Gonzalez (women's volleyball) and Taylor McMonagle (women's volleyball).