For Immediate Release: June 2, 2009
Contact: Matt Muzza (
Phone: 607-777-2956

Binghamton volleyball program adds Rachel Refenes to coaching staff

VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton volleyball program has announced the hiring of
Rachel Refenes (ref-finesse) as assistant coach. She arrives from Lehigh University, where she has been the top assistant the past two years. She will immediately step into the role of 11th year-head coach Glenn Kiriyama's top assistant.

"I'm pleased to have Rachel join our volleyball staff and I think she'll be a great addition," Kiriyama said. "She's an experienced coach who brings good knowledge of the strategies of the game. She'll be asked to contribute in every area of our program, from recruiting to running camps to coaching the team."

"I'm excited to become a part of the volleyball program here at Binghamton," Refenes said. "I've found a program that is really supported by the entire athletic department and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to work here."

Prior to her coaching stint at Patriot League-member Lehigh, Refenes served as the head coach of the Wisconsin Jrs-18 Blue squad based out of Kenosha, Wisconsin. She took the club job after playing professional volleyball for Nova KBM Branik in Maribor, Slovenia.

The Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin native is a Ball State graduate and a former AVCA honorable mention All-American. She began her playing career at Ole Miss before playing her final two seasons at Ball State.

Refenes graduated from Ball State in the spring of 2006 with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and has minors in history and psychology.


Binghamton University - Rachel Refenes named assistant volleyball coach.

Coaching Career
2009-Present: Binghamton, assistant coach
2007-08: Lehigh, assistant coach
2006-07: Wisconsin Jrs-18 Blue, head coach
Playing Career
2005-06: Nova KBM Branik (professional team in Slovenia)
2004-05: Ball State
2002-03: Ole Miss

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