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February 4, 2011

Contact: Greg Dart
Snow College Spokesman

EPHRAIM – Snow College has hired Keven John as the new head volleyball coach.
John brings 18 years of coaching experience to an improving Badger program that went 18-14 in their most recent season.
John, originally from Colorado, started his coaching career right here in the Scenic West Athletic Conference as an assistant at Colorado Northwestern Community College.
“I am excited to be in the mountains again,” John said. “Flying out for the interview and stepping off the plane felt like I was coming home.”
John spent last season as defensive coordinator for Marietta College in Ohio.
“He is a great technician of the game,” said Snow College athletic director Rob Nielson. “His experience and attitude will provide the foundation to build a great program at Snow.
Before his time with Marietta John was the varsity coach at Elbert High School in Colorado from 2006-09.
During his four years, Elbert won three consecutive league championships and one district championship while also making three straight regional appearances. Prior to his stint at Elbert, John spent three years as the varsity coach at Kiowa High School, and three more seasons as the junior varsity coach at Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colorado.
John founded the Black Forest Volleyball Club in Colorado. He worked as director and coach for eight years sending 15 teams to the Junior Olympics.
“I was going to coach juniors forever, that was my plan,” John said.  “Sometimes you need to change direction.”
John is enthused about his opportunity to be a head coach at the collegiate level. Even after running the lucrative volleyball club he furthered his education by gaining a Bachelor of Sports Science with emphasis in coaching from the United States Sports Academy in hopes of coaching at this level.
He sees great things for the future of the Snow College program.
“My goal is always to put together a program in which athletes can flourish and love the game of volleyball as well as pursue academic goals.”
“While we’re having fun and working hard, we want to win some ball games. We want to be able to break out of our region.” John said.

John is currently seeking living arrangements in Ephraim but hopes to report to Snow before the end of February.