Meredith College Athletic Director Jackie Myers is pleased to announce Fiona Barkley's new role as the department's assistant athletic director for advancement and external relations beginning August 1, 2017. Thanks to the NCAA Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant, Barkley will resign as head volleyball coach to take on a new challenge within Meredith athletics.
"Meredith College is thrilled to receive its second NCAA Strategic Alliance Matching Grant," said Myers. Meredith received the first grant in 2006 to enhance an existing position to a full-time administration role.
In this new position Barkley will lead efforts to raise funds specifically for Meredith athletics. She will identify and cultivate new and existing alumnae relations, as well as parents, corporate sponsors, and other donors with the expressed intention of enhancing the athletic experience for Meredith's diverse student-athletes. She will oversee multiple revenue sources, including the Annual Golf Classic, the Avenging Angel Club, online athletics store, and athletic facility rentals.
"I am thrilled that I have an opportunity to stay at Meredith," said Barkley. "In my new role I can continue to make an impact at Meredith, one that will enhance the experience of all student-athletes."
Barkley recently completed a Master of Business Administration with a sports administration focus from Lynn University in an effort to advance her career in athletics.
With Barkley's departure from coaching, current Meredith Assistant Volleyball Coach MacKenzie Aries will assume the role of interim head coach beginning in August. Her three years of experience with the Avenging Angels volleyball program make Aries an ideal candidate for this role. A successful Division III player with Pomona-Pitzer Athletic in California, along with coaching experience with the Division III University of Redlands and youth club programs, Aries brings a wealth of knowledge to the head coaching position.
"Coach Barkley has built this program from the ground up, and in the coming years I hope that we can continue that legacy," said Aries.
Under Barkley's direction with Aries by her side, the Avenging Angels captured the 2016 USA South Tournament Championship, securing an automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament. In 2014 Meredith volleyball captured the conference North Division Regular Season title.
Senior outside hitter Karlie Long earned the program's first AVCA All-America recognition in 2015 after garnering league Rookie of the Year, All-Conference, All-State, and All-Region honors throughout her four-year career. This fall Caroline Corey was named the Division III South Region Freshman of the Year and USA South Rookie of the Year.
"I am so honored to have been the head coach at Meredith for the past 10 years," said Barkley. "The student-athletes I have coached are some of the most poised, driven, and strong young women I've ever met."
Barkley will direct the two Meredith Volleyball Camps in July before transitioning to the athletics administration team.