BISMARCK, N.D. - The Northern Sun is the best Division II volleyball conference in the country, and it’s not even close. Korie Lebeda was named the new head coach at the University of Mary today, and she understands the work ahead. The position opened after Thais Franca decided to move back to her home country of Brazil.
Lebeda comes to Bismarck from Omaha, where she was an assistant at Creighton. She also has Division II experience at Wayne State and Black Hills State. Athletic Director Dale Lennon said Lebeda was not on their first list, the Marauders actively recruited her.
"I think it was awesome, but it's kind of one of those things that you go in and you're not 100% sure what to expect, I mean, it sounds like they want me, which is cool. So then it was just a matter of deciding, okay, is thing going to be a good fit for me,” stated Lebeda, “and, it was actually very touching to know that others saw that it was a good fit for me as well, because that's exactly what I felt."
Lebeda is in the Creighton Hall of Fame and she played professionally in Spain. With prior coaching experience, and particularly in the Northern Sun, Lebeda says that should help her transition into her new job at UMary.
"I think, that's going to help tremendously in setting goals, setting expectations, and just knowing how hard we need to work. You know, knowing some of the talent that's out there, I just, I think it will be good, it will be good to share that with the team, and see what happens from there," said Lebeda.