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Columbia International University continues to add to its coaching staff as the school gears up to compete in intercollegiate athletics for the first time in its 88-year history beginning in the fall of 2012.
The latest coach to be named is Eric Shick as the Women’s Volleyball Coach. Shick came to CIU in 2010 as the director of intramurals and manager of CIU’s Moore Fitness Center.
Shick is known around South Carolina as the director of the Magnum Volleyball Club which has 26 teams and 250 participants throughout the state.
Prior to coming to CIU, Eric coached volleyball at Columbia College in Columbia, S.C. and at Cardinal Newman High School in Columbia, S.C. where he was named the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) Coach of the Year. While attending the University of South Carolina, Shick was a student coach under USC Head Coach Kim Hudson for three years.
Eric graduated from Ben Lippen High School in Columbia, S.C. and earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from The University of South Carolina.
CIU Athletic Director Kim Abbott says Shick brings the kind of experience that CIU needs to start a new volleyball program.
“Eric is respected around the state for his knowledge of the game and administrative gifts that have made the Magnum Volleyball Club a success,” Abbott said. “Plus, he loves the game and has a heart to teach young people how to improve their volleyball skills.”
CIU will also field its first teams in men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s soccer in fall of 2012. CIU will play in Division I of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), which includes North Greenville University, Cedarville University and Taylor University among others.