July 1, 2014
East Lansing, Michigan - Michigan State volleyball coach Cathy George has announced the hiring of Brittany Holbrook as the program's Director of Volleyball Operations. In her new position, Holbrook will be responsible many of the day-to-day functions of the program, oversee all team travel and meals, serve as a liaison with the Sideout Club, and also work extensively with the program's summer camps.
Holbrook replaces Robby Smith, who has accepted a position in the MSU athletic department's sport management unit as a Sport Operations Coordinator. Holbrook will begin her duties on July 2.
"We're excited to add Brittany to our staff," said George. "She got a lot of hands-on experience in many of the job responsibilities last year when serving as an assistant coach, but also understands how important those things are to our student-athletes. While we're thrilled to add her to our staff, we also are happy for Robby Smith, who has been an unbelievable asset to us the last two years. His new position is a logical next step in his career path, and while we are sorry to lose him, we're thrilled that he's pursuing these next steps at MSU."
A 2012 graduate of Oakland University and a four-year letterwinner for the Grizzlies at middle hitter, Holbrook comes to MSU after two years as an assistant coach at Wayne State. As a student-athlete at Oakland, she appeared in 113 matches over four years, earning Summit League All-Freshman team honors in 2009 and All-Summit League Honorable Mention kudos as a senior. In her final campaign, she served as a captain and assisted her class in capping a career which saw them graduate as the winningest senior class in school history (68 victories.) Individually, she became just the fourth player in the Oakland annals to record more than 1,000 career kills. Among her academic achievements,. She earned Academic All-Summit League honors four times, was a Distinguished Scholar (2011-13), and made the Summit League Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence.
Holbrook is pursuing her master's degree in social work at Wayne State, and earned the American Volleyball coaches Association (AVCA)Coaches 4 Coaches scholarship in the fall of 2013. She owns a bachelor's degree in social work. While serving as an assistant coach for the Grizzlies, she was also completing an internship in social work at Edison and Cooke Elementary Schools in Detroit.