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July 25, 2006

Eagles add Walton to coaching staff

EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana announced that Kyle Walton is joining the volleyball coaching staff. Walton will assist Head Coach Leah Mercer in all aspects of the USI volleyball program.

Walton was formerly the Director of Volleyball Operations at Synergy Sports and Fitness in Toledo, Ohio, after graduating with a bachelor's degree in sports management from Otterbein College (Westerville, Ohio) in June 2005.

A native of Edon, Ohio, Walton also coached two teams for the Toledo Volleyball Club this past springa 15-16 Early Bird squad and a 16-2 Elite Team.

While attending Otterbein, Walton played basketball and baseball, while serving as a student assistant coach for the volleyball team. Walton helped lead Otterbein's men's basketball team to the NCAA III championship as a sophomore in 2001-02.

As an assistant coach on the volleyball team, he assisted with daily practices as well as the off-season workout program. Walton has been around the game of volleyball his entire life as his father was the head coach at Edon High School for 20 years.

During his prep career, Walton assisted his father with the volleyball program and was a three-sport star, earning All-Conference honors in golf, baseball, and basketball.

"Kyle is coming from a respected club program," Mercer said. "He has been around the game his entire life and his passion for volleyball is evident. Kyle will be a big asset for us, especially with the setters where he specializes."

Walton will be working toward a master's degree in public administration during his stay at USI.

Dan McDonnell,
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