Meagan Olsen, a former Nanooks libero and defensive specialist for the University of Alaska Fairbanks women’s volleyball team, was named Wednesday as the team’s assistant coach. 

Olsen, a West Valley High School alumna, will be head coach Brian Scott’s second assistant coach hire since he took over the program in 2015. She replaces Robbie Berrett, who resigned from the Nanooks volleyball staff earlier this month to become the assistant coach for Idaho State University, a member of the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference. The Nanooks are members of the Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference. 

Olsen’s responsibilities include a focus on defense, recruitment and game management. 

“I feel very fortunate to have Meagan rejoin our program as an assistant coach.” Scott said in a UAF news release Wednesday.

“As an athlete, Meagan exemplified what we wanted out of our student-athletes. She was diligent in her studies, came to practice ready to work hard and was always hungry to learn as much as possible. I expect she will be able to inspire the same qualities in our student-athletes as a coach.” 

Olsen returns to the Nanooks after serving as the team’s volunteer assistant for the 2017 season.

During her first season on the bench, Olsen helped lead the Nanooks to a 12-14 record, including 5-15 in GNAC play. 

Olsen played for the Nanooks from 2012-16. After a redshirt season in 2012, Olsen appeared in 93 matches and 318 sets in the Nanooks’ blue and gold uniforms, tallying 884 digs, 107 assists, 32 aces and five kills throughout her career. 

Olsen graduated from UAF in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and she left her mark on Nanooks volleyball by ranking 10th all-time for most digs in a single season (409 in 2016) and career digs (884 from 2013-16). 

During her time with the ’Nooks, Olsen was also a three-time GNAC All-Academic Team selection and the team’s co-captain in 2016. 

“It is very exciting to have someone who is from Fairbanks to work with the team,” Scott concluded. “Meagan knows how much volleyball means to the community and will help us strengthen our ties to our alumni and our faithful Fairbanks crowd.” 

The Nanooks start the season with their annual Blue-Gold scrimmage Aug. 23. The regular season opens for the team Sept. 6 against the University of Colorado Colorado Springs at the Colorado School of Mines Classic in Golden, Colorado. 

For the full Nanooks volleyball schedule, go to bit.ly/318TJa7.

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