Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity made his first hire Wednesday, choosing Lizzy Stemke as the new head coach for the Bulldogs’ volleyball team.
Stemke is a former assistant coach at Nebraska and a former All-American player at Wisconsin.
“Our search committee focused on a group of candidates who were exceptional student-athletes, worked for programs competing for national championships and were mentored by head coaches who are considered the finest in college volleyball,” McGarity said in a release. “Our pool of candidates was exceptional, and Lizzy met and exceeded the expectations we had established as a committee to lead our volleyball program.”
Stemke helped guide the Huskers to a 116-15 record and four NCAA championship appearances during her time with the program. In Big 12 play from 2007-10, the Huskers went 72-8 with three Big 12 titles.
“Throughout this process, I have been immensely impressed and truly inspired by the support and commitment that the Bulldog Athletic Department has shown for the volleyball program and its future. I am looking forward to being a part of the great tradition of athletics at the University of Georgia,” Stemke said.
Stemke’s roles at Nebraska included serving as the co-recruiting coordinator, offensive coordinator, setter training, video coordinator, academic and community involvement liaison and assisting with summer camps and coaching clinics. She played a major role in the recruitment of a pair of top-10 recruiting classes.
“Georgia volleyball is a sleeping giant and Lizzy is the perfect coach to awaken the volleyball program,” said Nebraska coach John Cook. “Coach Stemke will not only build a great team of student-athletes, she will create an excitement and culture for Georgia volleyball in the Athens community.”
Stemke replaces Joel McCartney, who was fired midway through the season. The Bulldogs finished the year 15-17 and 6-14 in the Southeastern Conference.