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EFSC Annouces New Head Volleyball Coach
December 17, 2013 - Experienced player and coach Andrea Rasmussen joins Eastern Florida State College as the head volleyball coach, Director of Athletics Jeff Carr announced.
“We are very excited to announce Andrea Rasmussen as our new volleyball coach,” Carr said. “She has a tremendous background in volleyball from the collegiate side as a head coach and an assistant coach and is well connected in the volleyball world.
“I know she has hit the ground running in regards to recruiting. I know she will do an excellent job for us and we are thrilled to have her on our staff.”
Rasmussen succeeds Herb Tokumoto who resigned in November after five seasons.
Rasmussen was born and raised in Western Colorado and graduated with an Associate's Degree from Allen County Community College in Iola, KS and with a Bachelor Degree in Sports and Exercise Science and a minor in Coaching from the University of Northern Colorado.
She played intercollegiate volleyball and coached at the club level in Colorado and was an assistant coach at Barton Community College in Great Bend, KS for five years, reaching the NJCAA national tournament twice and coaching two All-America athletes.
She was head coach at Saint Edward’s School in Vero Beach, FL last season and was nominated for regional coach of the year.
“My coaching philosophy is to help young women achieve their athletic goals on the court as well as get a quality education,” Rasmussen said. “Not many of us are going professional in volleyball so having a good education and the life skills that you acquire from competing in athletics are the most important aspect of what we do.”
As for how she plans to approach the 2014 season: “Our offense and defense will be determined by the players in the gym on Aug. 1," she said. “We will create a fast offensive system that caters to our hitters’ strengths. Our defense will start with a solid blocking scheme and dynamic defensive players.
“My message to recruits will be that we are looking to turn the program around and compete at the highest level and I need athletes who will impact the team right away. We have a solid base of players who will return next year but have some holes to fill in order to compete with Hillsborough and Miami Dade.
“My biggest challenge moving forward will be instilling a culture of success in our
team and future recruits. The biggest advantage is the opportunities provided at EFSC.
There is large room for growth and development and I think as a school we have a very