RALEIGH, N.C. -- Fiona Barkley capped off her 10-year tenure as the Meredith College head volleyball coach this week with back-to-back summer camps. Beginning August 1, she will step into her new role as assistant athletic director for advancement and external relations.
During her decade with the volleyball Avenging Angels, Barkley compiled an overall winning record of 171-141 with 101 conference wins. She led the program from an eight-win season in her first year to a USA South Tournament Championship and program-first NCAA bid last November. The Angels collected their first league title in 2015 as the North Division Champions.
Barkley coached five All-Tournament honorees, including the 2016 MVP Hannah Blaylock. Her players earned 24 All-Conference selections, 10 All-Sportsmanship awards, and 70 All-Academic honors. Karlie Long and Caroline Corey were both named Rookie of the Year during their respective freshman seasons, and Mary Beth Finegan, '13, was named Libero of the Year in 2008.
In 2014 Long garnered the program's only American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America recognition to-date, and Corey was named the AVCA Division III South Region Freshman of the Year last fall. A host of Barkley's players earned All-State recognition with Long and Corey collecting All-Region honors.
The move to the Meredith athletics administration team was made possible with help from the NCAA Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant and a five-year commitment from the college.
In her new role Barkley will lead efforts to raise funds specifically for Avenging Angels 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.