Assistant Coach Christi Posey
Christi Posey enters her 11th season as the Jayhawks' assistant coach. A native of Wichita, Kan., and a KU alum, Posey serves in a variety of roles at Kansas, including the team's recruiting coordinator, overseeing the team's managers, team room and camp administration, and acting as a liason between the team and its sports psychologist, promotions department and the weight room. On the court, she works with the team's setters and defensive specialists.
Posey holds an impressive resume that features some of the most prolific volleyball players to ever go through the Jayhawks' program. Most recently, Posey has been instrumental in developing the play of current standouts Nicole Tate and Melissa Manda. Tate, the team's setter, ranked 39th in the nation last year in assists per set and was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team in 2008. Manda, a defensive specialist, owns two top 10 digs per set marks and is currently KU's fourth all-time digs leader, although she is on pace to shatter the school record this season.
Posey also worked with Andi Rozum from 2002-05 as Rozum became Kansas' all-time leader in assists. In 2002, Kansas' Jennifer Kraft was named Big 12 Defensive Specialist of the Year. Prior to that, Molly LaMere, who holds the school record for single season assists per game, earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades in 2001.
Prior to her arrival at Kansas, Posey served as a health/physical education instructor and head volleyball coach at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan., from 1993 to 2000. During that time, Posey was also the head girls' basketball and assistant softball coach for the Huskies. During the spring of 2008, Posey was honored by the high school as she was named a member of its inaugural Husky Hall of Fame class.
As the head volleyball coach for Blue Valley Northwest, she led her teams to eight KSHSAA state tournaments in eight seasons. Under Posey's guidance, her teams captured the state championship in 1996 and 1997 and finished third three times during her tenure.
Posey's accolades and honors as a high school coach are virtually unparalleled. In 1999, she was named Johnson County Volleyball Coach of the Year by the Kansas City Star. In 1997, she was again selected as the Coach of the Year by the Kansas Volleyball Association and Kansas Sport Magazine after leading her team to a perfect 44-0 record and a second-straight KSHSAA state championship. That same season, Blue Valley Northwest was tabbed the Kansas 6A Volleyball Program of the Year by the Kansas Volleyball Association.
In 1996, Posey was named Coach of the Year by Kansas Sport Magazine and Sports Connection after guiding her team to a 41-3 record and a first-place finish at the state tournament.
Before her stint at Blue Valley Northwest, Posey was the head coach at Halstead (Kan.) High School from 1983-90. In 1990, she was selected to serve as head coach at the Kansas Volleyball Association's annual All-Star Game after being named co-Coach of the Year by the KVA. Her teams qualified for the state tournament four times at Halstead, and she led the Dragons to a third-place finish in 1990. She has an overall high school coaching mark of 392-171 in 18 years.
Posey is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, the Kansas Coaches Association, the Kansas Volleyball Association and the National Education Association.
Posey lettered in both volleyball and softball at Wichita State as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to the University of Kansas for her final two years of eligibility, where she was a standout first baseman and outfielder for the KU softball team.
A graduate of Wichita Heights High School, Posey was a three-sport star for the Falcons in volleyball, basketball and softball. She earned all-league honors twice in volleyball and once in softball and led the Falcons to a state basketball runner-up finish in 1976.
Posey is well known at volleyball camps and clinics at the collegiate and high school levels around the Midwest. She has worked top-level camps across the state of Kansas, including the University of Kansas, Sport-2-Sport, Heart of America Fundamental Volleyball and Gateway Elite camps.
Posey serves as Club Director of the USAV Juniors' Team KC, which she previously coached for seven years.
Posey received a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Kansas in 1982 where she was a physical education major and health education minor.