Fiona Barkley recently returned to her position as head volleyball coach. In August 2017 she stepped into a new college position as the assistant athletic director for advancement and external relations thanks in part to a NCAA Division III grant. A search will begin immediately for the NCAA grant position, and Barkley will continue to serve as the assistant AD during the search.
Barkley served 10 years as the Avenging Angels head coach and appreciates the opportunity to return to the court after one season away. She joined the Meredith College athletics staff in 2007 and built the volleyball program into a championship success.
Barkley led the 2016 Avenging Angels squad to the USA South Conference Tournament Championship complete with a NCAA tournament bid. Hannah Blaylock was named the league tournament MVP with three additional players selected to the all-tournament team. Caroline Corey earned the AVCA Division III South Region Freshman of the Year after earning USA South ROY, and the team earned national recognition in July 2017 on the AVCA Team Academic Award List.
Her 2015 squad made another run at a USA South Division title with a second place finish in the North. The team advanced to the semifinals in the league tournament, and Alex Hafliger earned the program’s first All-Tournament selection.
The volleyball Avenging Angels captured the program's first-ever USA South Regular Season title as the 2014 North Division Champions with a conference record of 16-3. Barkley led her team to 25 wins, the second-best season in program history.
Sophomore outside hitter Karlie Long earned the program's first-ever American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America recognition as an honorable mention candidate. Long also earned All-South Region honors and was joined by Jasmine Aguinaldo with All-State recognition.
The 2013 squad posted an overall record of 21-10 and ranked second in the USA South North division regular season standings. Long garnered the conference Rookie of the Year award and All-State honors.
Under Barkley's direction, the Avenging Angels have earned 17 All-Conference player accolades, including 2013 USA South Rookie of the Year Karlie Long and 2008 USA South Libero of the Year Mary Beth Finegan. Fifty-nine of Barkley's players have earned USA South All-Academic honors with their outstanding performance in the classroom. Barkley boasts a winning record at Meredith with more than 20 wins in each of her last three seasons.
An assistant coach at N.C. State University from 2004-2005, Barkley trained defensive systems while assisting with all aspects of the Atlantic Coast Conference team. Prior to N.C. State, she served as an assistant coach at Lynn University, a member of the Sunshine State Conference, one of the most competitive conferences in all of Division II.
Barkley began her collegiate coaching career as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at her alma mater, Elon University, and completed her tenure at Elon in 2003 as interim head coach. During her time with the Phoenix, she signed several recruits who went on to earn All-Conference honors.
A four-year varsity letterwinner at Elon, Barkley helped lead the Phoenix through its transition from Division II to Division I as a member of the Big South Conference. Playing from 1995-98, she was named captain during her senior year and capped off her career with Most Valuable Player and All-Conference honors.
Barkley received numerous tournament awards throughout her career at Elon and accumulated more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. In November 1996, she was named the AVCA Division II National Player of the Week and later helped lead her team to the 1996 South Atlantic Conference championship. Barkley earned a Bachelor of Science in Leisure/Sport Management from Elon University in 1999.
In December 2015, Barkley earned a Master's in Business Administration with a Sports Administration concentration from Lynn University.